Mets Struggling To Secure Established Exec For Open GM Job
Indians GM Mike Chernoff intends to remain in his role and "not pursue the Mets' opening for a head of baseball operations to replace Sandy Alderson," joining Blue Jays VP/Baseball Operations Ben Cherington and Twins GM Thad Levine as "potential candidates who have told the Mets they are not interested," according to Mike Puma of the N.Y. POST. Also, Dodgers Senior VP/Baseball Operations Josh Byrnes reportedly "won't interview with the Mets." Sources said that there is a perception that Mets COO Jeff Wilpon "will run the baseball operations department, with the new hire as the real No. 2 in the organization." Wilpon is "already on the record saying he would like the new GM or president of baseball operations to retain" Senior VP/Baseball Operations & Assistant GM John Ricco and Special Assistants Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi (N.Y. POST, 10/15). On Long Island, Tim Healey noted nobody within the Mets' organization is "being considered for the job," including Ricco, Minaya and Ricciardi. For the "past decade-plus, the Mets have developed the foundation for such a pipeline, thanks largely to a strong internship program led in part by Ricco." But when it comes to "keeping that homegrown talent at home, the Mets haven't been nearly as successful." The Mets "largely have not retained many of the top young executives who came from their own ranks." Case in point: 33-year-old Brewers GM David Stearns, who has his team in the NLCS in his third year with the club. So the Mets will "continue to look externally for their next GM." First-round interviews, conducted by Wilpon and Ricco, "continue this week" (NEWSDAY, 10/14).