TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Former MLB star Alex Rodriguez and his wife singer Jennifer Lopez have been in a bidding war with hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen in an effort to buy the New York Mets.
Cohen currently has the top bid ($2 billion), but Rodriguez and his wife are putting together a group of athletes to help their cause, including Super Bowl champion Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce.
Kelce is only part of a star-studded group of investors, including NFL Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher, Hall of Fame offensive lineman Joe Thomas, 2014 NFL Offensive Player of the Year DeMarco Murray, NBA All-Star Bradley Beal from the Washington Wizards, and Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee.
“This is a crazy opportunity. I had a chance to meet Alex Rodriguez a couple years ago and just told him how much of a fan I was as a kid of him. I’m very thankful for the success that I’ve had in the NFL, to have an opportunity like this come across the table. I couldn’t think of a more unique set of people to be in charge of this,” Kelce told ESPN.
“Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are a star-studded couple that have gotten to where they are because they work their tails off. And they’re good human beings. I thank them for letting me be a part of this.”
According to multiple reports, the Mets would prefer to sell to Rodriguez’s group as long as they can get within the ballpark of Cohen’s offer. A-Rod and J-Lo’s first offer was reported to be $1.7 billion for the team.