Since Sandy Alderson announced that he’d be stepping down as general manager of the Mets due to a recurrence of cancer symptoms, there’s been plenty of chatter as to which direction the Mets will head with their front office. Assistant GM John Ricco and veteran execs J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya have shared Alderson’s duties in the interim, but it seems increasingly likely that the Mets will hire a new permanent GM from outside the organization.
Here’s the latest on their search…
- Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that there’s a disconnect between owner Fred Wilpon and his son, COO Jeff Wilpon, as to what type of executive should be hired to lead the charge. Fred’s preference, according to Puma, would be to hire an experienced front office veteran with roots in scouting and player development, while the younger Wilpon feels the team needs a more analytically inclined mind atop its baseball ops hierarchy. Additionally, it seems that former Mets manager Terry Collins, currently a special assistant, could take on a larger role next season, though he won’t be considered for the actual GM vacancy.
- The Post’s Joel Sherman, meanwhile, wrote recently that the goal for the Mets is to have a list of 10 to 12 candidates by month’s end and to have a new GM in place by the time the annual GM Meetings begin on Nov. 4. Sherman runs through a host of potential names and references the same disconnect as Puma. Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro, former Red Sox GM Ben Cherington (a current Jays exec) and Cardinals director of player development Gary Larocque are a few of names prominently connected to the job. Sherman notes that whoever is ultimately named GM will be hired with the understanding that Minaya will maintain a fair bit of power in terms of player personnel decisions. That, along with the general dysfunction that is largely synonymous with the Wilpon name at this point, will complicate the hiring process.
- Shapiro, for what it’s worth, has downplayed reports connecting him to the Mets and expressed that he remains committed to the Blue Jays organization. SNY’s Andy Martino, though, wrote this morning that in spite of Shapiro’s comments, “people around the team continue to point to” Shapiro as a potential candidate. It’s worth noting that Sherman’s column makes mention of tension between Shapiro and Jays ownership at Rogers Communications, though he’d also be an expensive hire for the Mets. Martino, too, lists Cherington as a name to watch, and he also adds current Orioles GM Dan Duquette to the pile. Duquette, notably, is in the final season of his contract in Baltimore, and there’s been previous speculation as to whether he’ll remain with the club.
- Royals assistant GM Scott Sharp has also had his name come up in numerous reports over the past week (Twitter link via ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick). He’s been with the Royals for more than a decade and has some background in scouting, analytics and business, which could make him somewhat of a compromise between the Wilpons’ disparate preferences, though certainly other candidates would be able to bring a similar combination to the table for the Mets as well.
The Mets will fudge it up!
“ . . . the goal for the Mets is to have a list of 10 to 12 candidates by month’s end . . . “
If true, an indication that Los Mets still don’t have a clue.
Why what does that have anything to do with them not having a clue?
I guess they don’t have a clue who they want as GM.
“Why what does that have anything to do with them not having a clue?”
That’s an unusually large field of candidates, Mr. Goat. Can’t recall ever seeing that many people getting interviewed for either a manager or GM job. Suggests that the Mets really don’t know what they are looking for but are hoping to find it through the process. (Either that or they’re just covering their butts before naming Ricco.)
If the Mets knew they wanted an old fashioned scouting and development type there would be a handful of obvious and not-so-obvious candidates. Same if they knew they wanted a modern, numbers and analysis type. Ten to twelve candidates suggests a field broad enough to represent pretty much every conceivable organizational philosophy hence my conclusion that the Mets appear clueless, once again.
(And for itslonelyatthetrop)
“I guess they don’t have a clue who they want as GM.”
It’s more that they don’t know what they want as a GM.
Blue Jays had 10-12 candidates to replace Gord Ash. Wound up picking the 10th or 12th best candidate too.
Gord Ash?! What era do you think we’re talking about here?!?
The Mets won’t have that much choice as candidates will drop like flies. The 10-12 candidates are on their list. The article does not say that there are 10-12 interested candidates.
Enjoy the one game wildcard playoff experience this year big boy. Love the fact that both the Mets and Yankees have been mostly unimpressive when it comes to the standings the past 5-6 years. . Yet you focus in on the Mets. I understand though, anything to keep your mind off the idea that the Yankees have been made the Red Sox’s step child as of late.
Seems like a solid plan. Completely explore all potential GM options. Host interviews through October, and have a decision by the end of the postseason.
Mets make a lot of head scratching decisions, but this isn’t one of them
Hey 09-did you read that Mutt and Jeff’s problems are spilling into a public fight? And you think that this is a solid plan?
Come on now. Your a fan buying their tickets. You line their pockets with cash for their lifestyle. You waste season after season in hopelessness. Ok, you DO have fun being entertained with controversy and absurdity because you enjoy soap operas.
By now, Abbott and Costello would have
muttered their routine enough to have the lines in sync. Even the bit about “TC” being involved (maybe, sort of, not really, oh what the f – – -, kind of) is typically Mets dysfunction.
And how much money will you be willing to put on the line to bet that a qualified candidate would actually want to take this jewel of a job. On a career track? This is one move too many-the one that destroys your credibility.
Even Dan Duqette would be nuts to take it, though working for Peter Angelos is a good prequalification.
The Mets want to have a concert on the last day of the season. Mutt and Jeff have drawn up their short list. Jeff wants sir Paul McCartney and is fighting daddy tooth and nail. Fred wants Frank Sinatra. Jeff was told that he would rather play in front of 300 fans at Grand Central than play for the Mets.
The only problems in Fred’s austerity plan is that Sinatra is dead. So are the Mets. Until the fans speak with their wallets and with their remote control, or until Rob Manfred invokes the “best interests of baseball” clause there is ABSOLUTELY NO HOPE for a competitive NL team in the Apple.
Manfred can’t invoke the clause because he does not have any clue what’s best for baseball.
“Waste season after season in hopelessness”? While I agree, as a Mets fan, they are spinning their wheels, at the moment, let’s not forget that they were in The World Series in 2015.
Glad you’ve got that WS on the video along with all of the other almost championships like 2000. Have you edited with the background music, “They will be healthy next year”?
The wilpons combined with minaya holding power equals my last days as a Mets fan.
Rusty-you’ve been approved for a fan conversion form.
Bill Watts was good at cutting the budget for WCW.
Watts also tried to take things backwards. Nothing off the top rope, dim the lights, etc. He was also a bully and quite possibly a racist. And frankly he wasn’t gonna undo the damage Jim Herd did.
But why are we talking about this on this thread?
Because I was joking that the Mets could hire him.
Not that I know if he was or he wasn’t a racist but I never understood that notion that he was due to the success of JYD, Butch Reed or Ernie Ladd in the old Mid-South days. Either way he was a terrible booker in WCW but he was actually the 2nd promoter after Vince to bring his brand nationally with the old UWF but failed miserably
Poor Mets fans.. least you can root for other NY team..
You actually can!
Not a good idea…
I’ll be deep in the cold, cold ground before I root for the Yankees.
You better stock up on thermal underwear and lots of layers and gloves because you are already in 6’ below ice frozen ground and it’s going to be a long off season that will be followed up with a long season. Enjoy
I should be Mets’ GM.
If you can fire the owners you have the job.
We don’t k ow each other however I would not recommend to anybody to work for Abbott and Costello
Didn’t this article or 90%of it run a couple,of weeks ago?? Oh I forgot it is NY and we have to write about nothing for months because of it. Breaking news “David Wright on his way to the bathroom. Follow up at 11:00 PM and early Weds AM.
The unfortunate reality is that any GM they hire is going to be saddled with having to deal with the Wilpons. I have absolutely no confidence in their ability to hire the right guy, and it’s a foregone conclusion that they’re going to continue meddling in FO affairs in a completely asinine and backwards way.
With all that aside, I’d like to see them hire Cherington, I think he’s still bearing the weight of one really bad offseason, and I like his player development experience.
Cherrington turned it down already. He already worked for one crazy owner and has that as a self imposed limit.
Fred is hard of hearing and Jeff is too full of himself to accept the rejection.
Blue Jays have self-imposed payrolls every season.
What does Fred’s hearing loss have to do with anything? Criticize his decisions, not his hearing.
I was referring to the metaphor of Abbott and Costello’s disconnect. They are unable to understand what really matters. Let’s not tip toe around the tulips go. I’m sorry to tell you that NY fans expect are end results and the Mets are a pathetic example of a top market income stream potential team with owners who are lost in space.
Didn’t we just see 90%of this article 2weeks ago?? Oh I forgot it is NY and we need to bring them up needlessly for the next 6 months. Breaking News “David Wright on his way to the bathroom”. Details at 11:00 PM and early Weds AM
Where did you hear that David Wright was headed to the bathroom? I didn’t read that anywhere. I knew there was a chance he was in good enough condition to walk, but not that he was actually going anywhere.
Odds are, the Mets will invite the sports “journalists” from the NY Post to run their club, next year
And it will result in about the same level of incompetence they had so far…simply because you can’t get any more incompetent that the Mets’ current level of incompetence.
Here’s a perfect candidate:
He’s been feeding NY Mets fans garbage for years playing into Mutts hands.
Now you’re speaking my language; Won’t ever have to read his Yankee “soap operas”
I feel bad for any Yankees’ fan who trusts NYPost’s Joel Sherman. You were warned
Sherman is a putz and should be
banned from Yankee Stadium for his duplicitous positions. He’s always been a mets fan and his observations are as pathetic as Jim Bowden.
This is called just trying to grab some coverage from the Post/News since obviously the guys across town are having a better year…..and the next couple of years don’t look much better.
Minaya’s claim to fame is some international signings TWENTY years ago…..Richardi? Are you kidding me? Toronto is still digging out from the Richardi/ Keith Law disaster……Cherrington’s the obvious choice, and I’d look at the Tampa FO for some backup; those guys, effective as they are, don’t seem to get paid much….
Attention Bob and other K-Mart shoppers listening:
The Mets don’t pay much either. And they will match the compensation with under investment in restocking the farm as well as free agents.
SORRY that you missed the “return to credibility” sale. It was a long time ago, back when Sears was in its hey day and retailers printed their circulars. The final one was “Celebrate Nelson Double Day”. Since then mets credibility keeps going down just like Sears and KMart.
He looks like a zombie. Like a fresh zombie.
Omar Minaya and JP Riccardi could run the club, sure nothing will go wrong, right?
I would make a pretty good GM. Heck cant do much worse than what’s around the league right now. (Just kidding. There is a lot that goes into being GM).
I am thinking Jerra Jones could do both. Run his club in the ground and also the Mets
Hire the Dodgers FO — PLEASE!
I don’t see the fascination with Blue Jays executives, when is the last time the Jays were competitive?
2015 & 2016?
when they lost to the Royals and Indians in the AL championship series?
although I agree I dont understand the fascination with Shapiro (or Atkins) I definitely endorse them to take over the Mets!
I used to see Kim Ng’s name tossed around every GM search a few years back…seems like she disappeared. I’m surprised she’s not listed as a candidate in this, with her ties to MLB and how close wilpons seem to be with HQ.
LA would like to offer you a slightly used Andrew Friedman. Low milage, no money down, years to pay.
If given any kind of authority, Dan Duquette could actually help this team.
MT in Baltimore
Sure Gomer. Ok Dan. Here’s your budgets for the 2019 mets:
Free agents-$2 million
Brooklyn Dodgers memorabilia-$5 million
Blowhard front office (TC etc)- $450,000
Friends and family on the payroll-$23.5 million
Anybody on the planet who has been following the Orioles should realize that Dan Duquette has no place in a baseball organization except possibly as a janitor.
MT in Baltimore
Spoken by someone who has completely missed what it has been like in the Warehouse for him over the last 5+ years…
The Mets will hire on the cheap ad always.