Mets list of the hiring of new President of Baseball Operations is getting shorter with 3 main targets talked at the beginning of the off-season are marked off the list with Theo Epstein, David Stearns and Billy Beane.
At the beginning of the off-season rumors were that the Mets would hire one of Billy Beane, Theo Epstein and David Stearns.
Billy Bean, per Andy Martino(SNY) says, New York is “increasingly unlikely” to receive permission to hire Oakland Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane, same thing can be said about David Stearns and Mets getting rejected by Milwaukee to talk with Stearns, per his own words he says he’s happy to be in Milwaukee right now.
Theo Epstein was the one that Mets reached out first but after a short meeting in zoom with new Owner Steve Cohen both decided that Epstein not getting the job it’s the best for both Epstein and the Organization.
After the three main candidates are not gonna be in Queens next year now the list gets bigger with others that are not currently in the POBO, per Andy Martino, he Mets could “pivot to a search for a younger general manager-type.” He named Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Brandon Gomes, San Francisco Giants GM Scott Harris and Brewers GM Matt Arnold as candidates, are the ones being talked recently.
Acting GM Zack Scott made a very strong impression on Alderson and Cohen. He is currently on administrative leave while awaiting trial on Dec. 8 on a DWI charge. It’s worth noting that Scott is exactly the type of executive the Mets will seek, and he remains employed by the club.
Brandon Gomes, former baseball player now vice President & Assistant General Manager he was previously the Director of Player Development. Mets want to be something like the Dodgers, getting someone from there to run their baseball operations would be a good start for them.
Scott Harris first jobs in baseball were internships with the Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds. He worked for MLB from 2010 through 2012, in the Commissioner’s Office as a coordinator of Major League Operations. In 2012, he joined the Chicago Cubs as director of baseball operations and he was promoted to assistant general manager in January of 2018, he was hired by the Giants as their GM after the end of the 19’ season.
Matt Arnold, enters his sixth season with the Brewers and third as senior vice president. He was named the 10th general manager in franchise history on November 19, 2020. He originally joined the organization as vice president and assistant general manager on October 14, 2015, Prior to joining the Brewers, Arnold spent nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The three first candidate were the target but also very unlikely to be hired by the team, of course that doesn’t mean they won’t find any good candidates to run the team, a lot of names mentioned are very respected in the MLB industry.