Where Wilpons and Mets go from here is the big question

ORLANDO, Fla. — The silver lining for the Wilpons, on this dark day amid this dark week, came in the reality they weren’t even close to being Public Enemy No. 1 among their ownership fraternity as baseball’s lords of the manor convened to count their billions.

Take a bow, Houston Astros — and hire a bodyguard. It probably proved for the best that Astros owner Jim Crane skipped the first owners’ meetings since confirmation of his employees’ sign-stealing emerged.

The Wilpons’ plight, however, also generated plenty of chatter, highlighted by curiosity and concern. Curiosity over what sank the current Mets owners’ deal to sell their beloved club to hedge-fund magnate Steve Cohen. And concern about the next step for what should be a jewel franchise.

We can play the blame game all the way until Jarred Kelenic’s Hall of Fame induction. The key question remains, what now for the Mets and their beleaguered stewards?

Sterling Partners, the Wilpons’ firm, released a statement on Thursday night that read, “Sterling intends now to pursue a new transaction and has engaged Allen & Company to manage that process.” The Mets remain for sale, in other words, their…

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