The interview process works both ways, and it would be fascinating to know the questions the GM candidates are asking of the Wilpons this week.
I would think these would be some of them:
During the press conference to announce the dismissals of Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel, both Wilpons said ownership took responsibility. However, other than saying they hired the wrong people, what mistakes did Jeff and Fred Wilpon specifically make?
Do the Wilpons have a timetable for success, which is defined as the playoffs? If the new general manager said the team is three years away from being competitive, is that acceptable?
What do the Wilpons believe is the reason for the team’s failures from 2007 through 2010? Is it all on Minaya, the managers or bad luck, or did the organizational policies sidetrack them from winning?
With $130 million in salaries already earmarked for 2011, how much over that is ownership willing to spend?
Is ownership willing to increase spending for scouting and player development as to upgrade the minor league system?
Define autonomy. It was stressed during the press conference that Minaya had autonomy, and Fred Wilpon said ownership never vetoed a move the general manager wanted to make. However, other organizations and agents indicated in negotiations they were left hanging for answers because nobody would get back to them. Just how hands-on does ownership expect to be and how much input will they provide?
Reportedly, the Wilpons will request the new general manager interview Wally Backman for the managerial job. Is that a request or an endorsement?
As incomprehensible as this is, Jeff Wilpon said Minaya never approached him about waiving Oliver Perez. If the new general manager can’t engineer a trade, would ownership be willing to eat that $12 million contract?
The Mets have long had a checkered history in dealing with injured players. Is ownership willing to overhaul the medical department?
Does ownership consider any player or prospect untouchable to trade?
I am sure there are others, but that’s just a start.