On May 26, 2011, the Mets announced that David Einhorn, 42, a hedge fund manager, had been selected as the "team's preferred partner." On Sept. 1, the exclusive negotiating period expired and the Mets decided not to extend it.
David Einhorn, left, and Fred Wilpon take in
David Einhorn, left, and Fred Wilpon take in batting practice from behind the cage. (Aug. 6, 2011) (Credit: David Pokress)
Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon and prospective partner David
Mets co-owner Fred Wilpon and prospective partner David Einhorn chat during bating practice. (Aug. 6, 2011) (Credit: David Pokress)
Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Coach
Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Coach Chip Hale and David Einhorn shake hands during batting praatice. Owner Fred Wilpon looks on. Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Photo by David Pokress) (Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)

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Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Owner
Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Owner Fred Wilpon, left, general manager Sandy Alderson, center, and prospective partner David Einhorn have a conversation behind the batting cage. Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Photo by David Pokress) (Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)
Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Mets
Flushing, N.Y. - Saturday, August 6, 2011. Mets manager Terry Collins stops to join the converstion between team owner Fred Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and prospective team partner David Einhorn. Mets vs. Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. (Photo by David Pokress) (Credit: David Pokress/David Pokress)
Undated file photo of David Einhorn.
Undated file photo of David Einhorn. (Credit: Getty Images)
New York Mets prospective minority owner David Einhorn,
New York Mets prospective minority owner David Einhorn, right, waves before the start of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (May 28, 2011) (Credit: AP)
Mets prospective minority owner David Einhorn, right, said
Mets prospective minority owner David Einhorn, right, said the team's financial future remains up in the air. (May 28, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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David Einhorn looks on before the game against
David Einhorn looks on before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (May 28, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)
David Einhorn looks on before the game against
David Einhorn looks on before the game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. (May 28, 2011) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)
David Einhorn, president of the hedge fund Greenlight
David Einhorn, president of the hedge fund Greenlight Capital, is to become a minority owner of the New York Mets. (Credit: Greenlight Capital via Getty Images)
David Einhorn competes during the World Series of
David Einhorn competes during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Aug. 8, 2006) (Credit: Getty Images File)
Event co-chairs David and Cheryl Einhorn attend
Event co-chairs David and Cheryl Einhorn attend "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" benefit gala at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. (Nov. 11, 2006) (Credit: Getty Images File)

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David Einhorn, who the Mets have selected as
David Einhorn, who the Mets have selected as their "prefered partner," dressed up as Mets player for Halloween in 1975. (Credit: Handout)
David Einhorn competes during the World Series of
David Einhorn competes during the World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Aug. 7, 2006) (Credit: Getty Images File)
David Einhorn competes in the 2006 World Series
David Einhorn competes in the 2006 World Series of Poker at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (Aug. 7, 2006) (Credit: Getty Images)
David Einhorn, president of hedge fund Greenlight Capital
David Einhorn, president of hedge fund Greenlight Capital Inc., has been selected as the Mets' "preferred partner," and the team has said it will negotiate exclusively with him to hammer out a $200-million investment in the team. (Credit: Getty Images File)