The Mets may have an ace up their sleeve. Forced to pivot after striking out with Theo Epstein, Billy Beane and David Stearns, a new candidate has emerged in New York’s search for a president of baseball operations with former Giants GM Brian Sabean interested in becoming the Mets’ top executive. Per Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News, Sabean, who relinquished his GM post in 2015, has grown “stir crazy” in San Francisco, where his reduced role has left him with “nothing to do.” Eager for a new challenge, Sabean would reportedly take the job “in a heartbeat” if the Mets offered it to him.
Sabean has ties to the area, having worked in the Yankees’ scouting department for close to a decade before joining the Giants in 1993. If hired, Sabean could bring Bruce Bochy—who won three World Series during his 13-year run as Giants manager—along for the ride as part of a “package deal.” The Mets announced they would not renew manager Luis Rojas' contract, which expired after the season.
Bochy, who ranks 11th in career victories (2,003), spent one year of his playing career with the Mets, serving as their backup catcher in 1982. He’s also been linked to the Padres, who Bochy previously managed from 1995-2006. San Diego is looking for a skipper to replace Jayce Tingler, who was fired after a disappointing 2021 that saw the Friars fall well short of expectations.
Some have speculated owner Steve Cohen would prefer a younger, more analytically-inclined exec heading baseball ops, and though the Mets could certainly benefit from a fresh perspective, hiring an unproven newcomer carries equal risk. Not only does Sabean offer a wealth of experience, but he also boasts championship pedigree, overseeing arguably the most successful franchise of the past decade. It’s still early in the proceedings and other, equally qualified candidates are sure to emerge, though don’t discount the possibility of Sabean joining the Mets as their new front-office czar.