The Mets today met with Red Sox assistant GM Allard Baird, and will interview White Sox assistant Rick Hahn tomorrow, former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes Wednesday and Sandy Alderson Thursday or Friday.
They appear to be the Mets’ final four unless Terry Ryan has a change or heart.
All are well respected within the baseball community, but Alderson has the highest profile and deepest resume. That’s why I would like him to get the job.
Alderson’s track record will likely enable him to make the most immediate and deepest impact. I believe he’s the one most able to hit the ground running and provide the change that would convince the fan base the Mets are serious.
Alderson built winning teams in Oakland and San Diego, has connections in Latin America which would minimize the need to retain Omar Minaya in that capacity. Plus, he’s wired like no other with the commissioner’s office. I don’t think anything will get by him.
During this process we’re still hearing about Wally Backman’s managerial candidacy. The Wilpons might suggest him to the new general manager, but they also promised the new guy will make the call.
Each one of these GM candidates is well connected and probably has their own ideas that might not necessarily involve Backman.