Source: Selig to meet with Wilpons

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, left, arrives at Teterboro

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, left, arrives at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Monday. A high-ranking baseball source says he will meet with the Wilpons to discuss the health of the Mets' finances. (Jan. 31, 2011) (Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is scheduled to meet with the Wilpons while he is in New York City this week, according to a high-ranking baseball official.

Upon arriving in the metropolitan area late yesterday afternoon, Selig declined to weigh in on the Wilpons' financial state when approached by a Newsday reporter. "Oh, I can't comment on that," he said.

The commissioner has remained mum since the Wilpons made the surprising announcement Friday that they are willing to sell 20 to 25 percent of the team.

The Wilpons have been in settlement talks regarding a lawsuit filed last month by the special trustee in the Bernard Madoff fraud scandal. The lawsuit, according to sources, is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars from the Mets' owners.

Selig and Fred Wilpon have been close friends for years, a relationship that grew while Selig owned the Milwaukee Brewers and Wilpon owned the Mets.

When the Mets were looking for a general manager last fall, Selig's endorsement of Sandy Alderson weighed heavily in the Wilpons' decision to hire him. Alderson had been working in the commissioner's office as a consultant, focusing primarily on issues related to Latin America.

The Wilpons' meeting with Selig already was scheduled before the Wilpons' announcement Friday, the baseball official said. Selig also is in New York for other baseball business, according to sources.

MLB has to approve any parties who buy minority shares of the Mets.

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