The Mets announced that they're bringing GM candidates Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson back for a final round of interviews, according to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com (on Twitter). Byrnes, the D'Backs GM from 2005 to 2010, and Alderson, the A's GM from 1983 to 1997, both have experience running big league teams.
Rick Hahn of the White Sox, Allard Baird of the Red Sox, Logan White of the Dodgers and Dana Brown of the Blue Jays also interviewed for the position. However, earlier in the week, it became apparent that Alderson is the favorite. Click here to read more about the man who drafted Mark McGwire, Jason Giambi and others.
Byrnes will meet with the Mets Monday, followed by Alderson on Tuesday, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. This means we can probably expect a decision by next week. As Heyman points out, the Mets must be confident Byrnes or Alderson will accept (Twitter links).
The Mets were seeking experienced GM candidates, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Three other executives the Mets interviewed, Logan White, Rick Hahn, and Dana Brown, lack previous GM experience.
I thought Rick Hahn and Sandy should be the finalists. I think Rick Hahn would be a great GM for the Mets as tim pointed out because of the recent success of AA and Jed Hoyer. But please not Byrnes.
Although Hahn would make an awesome GM, he has consistently stayed loyal to the White Sox, and I think he is the heir apparent there if Kenny ever jets or gets fired.
I think he should be the GM somewhere.
Alright, someone want to start the steroid jokes?
Please God, no Brynes.
I’m a Mets fan living in AZ and I sure as hell hope they don’t hire Byrnes!
i really don’t understand why Brynes is a finalist over Hahn
Did you interview them?
no, but i would think Hahn would be a better option than Brynes
Sandy Alderson will get the job, 95% sure. The Wilpons only mentioned Josh Brynes so they can sound like their making intelligent choices.
I tend to agree, but I don’t think the Wilpons would recognize an intelligent choice if it came and smacked ’em upside their heads. With the playoffs on, think this is just an opportunity for them to cultivate the perception that they are choosing oh-so-carefully, while they wait for the most strategic [MLB-sanctioned] time to make their announcement – for the most impact. So Byrnes is probably just “window-dressing.”
Alderson isn’t an intelligent choice?
I think he means that they added Byrnes (dumb choice) to compare against Alderson (smart choice)
Don’t like that Byrnes is one of the two finalists. Though it seemed like Alderson was a lock as soon as he expressed interest and Selig convinced him to interview.
Give the job to Eric Byrnes