The Twins have interest in Mets assistant general manager John Ricco for their front office leadership positions, La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Meanwhile, the team has already sat down for an interview with interim GM Rob Antony for the open president of baseball operations role.
At present, Minnesota has not asked the Mets for permission to speak with Ricco, who is a top lieutenant of New York GM Sandy Alderson. The expectation, though, is that a request will be made. Ricco took on an increasingly public role in the Mets organization earlier this year, when Alderson was limited owing to cancer treatment.
As for Antony, he too has stepped into the fore at times in the past when former Twins GM Terry Ryan fell ill. Since Ryan parted ways with the organization just before the trade deadline, he has functioned as the full-blown GM on an interim basis. It is not yet clear how serious a candidate he is to take over the operations department on a full-time basis, or what his role could be if he isn’t hired in that capacity.
Other executives reportedly under consideration include Rays AGM Chaim Bloom, Indians AGM Derek Falvey, Cubs senior vice president of player development/amateur scouting Jason McLeod and Royals AGM J.J. Picollo.
I had a short lived high from the idea of fresh management in that front office… It went south about as fast as the team’s playoff chances this season.