The Mets have interviewed Michael Hill for the role of president of baseball operations, Andy Martino of SNY.tv reports on Twitter. The chat occurred over the weekend.
It’s an especially interesting time to follow the rarely dull New York franchise. New owner Steve Cohen raised already lofty expectations for his first offseason at the helm in a recent talk with the media, but he’ll first need to add baseball operations leadership before attacking the player market.
Cohen brought back Sandy Alderson in the team president role, with intentions of overhauling the front office. Now Alderson is leading the search for someone to take over his former role atop the baseball ops hierarchy.
It wasn’t long ago that Hill and Alderson were doing battle in the NL East, with the former heading up the Marlins front office. Though Hill survived an ownership change in Miami and helped put together a successful 2020 roster, he ended up departing at season’s end.
No doubt the Mets are strongly considering other candidates as well as Hill, who has also been linked to the Angels. The full slate of candidates isn’t yet clear. It’s quite an appealing opportunity now that the deep-pocketed Cohen is aboard. Alderson has stated that he’ll delegate primary decisionmaking authority to the baseball operations president.
Oh yes, make this happen!
Alderson and Hill is a very unlikely FO duo, and I love it. I need to see a team ran by two people who are finally given free range to make the moves they want to make and whatnot. This new Mets era is gonna be fun.
Yes it is if they let Mike Hill make the same decisions he was allowed to make un Miami which puzzled everyone how he was not fired when ownerships changed hands.
Hmmmm…If I can only count all of his failed efforts in Miami.
Will this be the Hill Sandy dies on?
I have no opinion.
No. Sandy’s over the hill.
You’re making reading this comment thread an uphill battle and at this rate it’s all going down hill.
A Sandy Hill is tough for anyone to climb.
I want the rays dude
Metsfan22, me too!!
Mr. Sternberg has been known to let his guys go if it means more lucrative opportunities for them. But, I don’t know if Matt “The Rays Dude” Silverman wants to leave the actual best organization in baseball under the smartest owner in baseball after coming this close to winning a World Series.
But, it’s not impossible.
He might want to go to a team that let him spend and he would probably want to create a better career.
I’m talking about Bobby heck
Sure. Andrew Friedman went to LAD, and see what happened there. But, from an organizational standpoint it’s not a clear upgrade. Silverman only answers to ownership and God in Tampa. In NYC, he’ll answer to ownership, Sandy Alderson, a ravenous fanbase with no patience, and a small army of hostile media.
But he would likely get a bump in title, pay, operating budget, and a fanbase that actually shows up in a proper ballpark.
I rather have Silverman
Yup each situation has cons and pros
Does he work for rays?? I honestly don’t know much. I just heard heck was a ray and wanted him. Idc unless they come from a good organization and they are smart. I’m not saying heck is the best guy
I’d imagine he probably means Erik Neander
Oh. Heck or Neander? Maybe so. Perhaps both. Erik Neander as POBO and Heck as GM. Now, that’s quite a duo. But, once again, it’s a whole other ballgame in NYC.
Heck, they’re all cons.
I heard Jeff Luhnow is available
Barry Bonds is a FA hitting coach, too.
They should go after Brandon Gomes, former pitcher who has rocketed up the executive ranks and is assistant GM under Friedman with the Dodgers now. That’s the type of guy the new Mets need under Cohen, a young, analytical driven executive with the Cohen/Mets pocket book to make big splashes.
Yo I remember that dude! Used to even be on the Rays too! That’s something I didn’t know, but thanks for bringing it up. He’s 36 too, so if he went after guys like Morton, he’d be going after players older than him lol. Funny to think about, but nevertheless good comment and insight.
Hill would be a nice choice, and certainly would give the Mets some diversity. But again, the Big Pumpkin ain’t Miami Bitch; Hill’s going to have to adjust.
But let’s face facts, it’s the Cohen-Alderson show right now. Whoever the Ops director is, he’ll get to (re) structure the draft and development folks (though actually they’ve been pretty effective), and certainly have some say in the bottom half of the 40-man.
But the real decisions will be made by ownership and Sandy, with Alderson MAYBE ceding some of that power to Hill as time moves on. Alderson didn’t come back to be a fly on the wall, and, given his resume, he shouldn’t be.
And ya, definitely agree on Gomes. I saw an interview with him years ago, FWIW, and came away thinking he was some kinda bright guy.
HILL is a good guy to have spent a lot of time with the marlins
Maybe off topic but It would be great to see more US born Blacks in Mets FO and throughout the organization. Would also like to see Mets partnering with local NY middle and high schools to develop local talent. Not dissing the DR of course but theres a lot of talent in NY metro that literally has been laid to waste
well I’m sure hill was limited In what he could do with Miami however he does have a mixed bag of trades. the Stanton and yelich trades yielded little dividends do far but he did get sixto for jtr
Hire Chris Antonetti as GM