Tuesday, December 7 2021
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Mets team president Sandy Alderson addressed the media on Wednesday afternoon, and while there were a number of hot topics, the Mets’ plans to hire a new head of baseball operations was at the forefront.

The Mets, of course, will have a lot of moving pieces after the season ends, including a huge decision on Luis Rojas and the rest of the coaching staff. With that in mind, Alderson explained how the timing of hiring a new head of baseball ops will likely play out, saying that the managerial decision, in all likelihood, will happen first.

“We, as you all know, will be hiring a head of baseball operations, and whether that managerial decision is made after that individual is hired or before is difficult to say, but I would say given the timing, that probably that decision will be made before we have someone as head of baseball operations,” Alderson said. “That process will commence as soon as the end of the regular season, or certainly not later than the end of the postseason.”

The Mets, of course, embarked on a search for a new head of baseball ops last offseason, but ultimately changed course due to the availability of candidates they had in mind.

“We will be looking for a president of baseball operation. As you all know, we made a similar search last year and were not successful largely because we were not able to get permission to talk to some of the individuals in whom we had real interest. Whether that circumstance continues this year or not, it’s something we will certainly find out, but I do think that industry situations change form year to year, individual situations change from year to year, and we’ll just have to see how that process goes.”

“I’m optimistic that we will end up in the right place,” he added. “How exactly we get there and with whom is up for grabs.”

While Alderson was asked in particular about Theo Epstein as a possible fit, he declined to speak about any names specifically.

But he also explained that the issues they ran into last season had much more to do with getting permission to speak to people rather than the Mets being an undesirable location, and that there are plenty of reasons to be excited about the direction the team is heading in.

“I will say this, I think the limitations that we faced last year with respect to a president of baseball operations had more to do with contractual limitations than with undesirability,” Alderson said. “I don’t think that was an issue. … Some people love the idea of moving to New York, some people would prefer to live in Kansas City or San Diego. I don’t think there’s any reason why Steve Cohen and the Mets are really any less undesirable today than they were a year ago and will be.

“I’m super positive about the Mets long term. Steve’s got a passion. He’s a new owner but he learns quickly. I think that a lot of people in the game see the potential for the Mets, whether it was realized in year one or not, it’s the longer-term view that will make this an attractive place to be.”

Source: Yahoo Sports


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