Sandy Alderson to have larger role in Mets baseball operations; GM search continues

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The Mets are making an adjustment to their search in building out their new front office.

Team president Sandy Alderson held a virtual press conference on Monday and announced that the organization will not be hiring a president of baseball operations and will instead focus its search on a new general manger.

So, what does this mean?

For starters, it means that Alderson will be more heavily involved in the baseball operations aspect of the team this year than originally anticipated.

“It’s something I had to think about but I think it’s borne out of the circumstances,” Alderson said. “Hope to hire someone who will be able to handle most of the GM role.”

Alderson cited a combination of the inability to get access to individuals for lateral move and only had a couple of limited conversations with those who would elevate into that role.

“We’re happy where we are,” Alderson said. “The focus is on the general manager position.”

Alderson said that the team has interviewed six candidates and ideally the GM is someone who is capable of growing into the president of baseball operations role. While there is no timetable for when a decision will be made, he said the next steps are deciding whether or not to bring in candidates for a second or third round of interviews, which will involve owner Steve Cohen.

Theo Epstein, who resigned from his position with the Cubs last week, has not been contacted for any role with the mets.

“No,” Alderson said. “We did not reach out the Theo. Theo has indicated desire to take a year off, looking at broad range of options, we did not reach out.”

With the GM search still ongoing, Alderson was asked if that would impede them from making any moves – such as free-agent signings or trades – before one is hired.

“It’s not preventing us from moving us forward on the player front and other issues in the offseason,” he said. “We have meetings daily and people capable at various levels. Not impeding us at all.”

Among those people include former interim GM John Ricco, who will serve as Alderson’s righthand mand, and Luis Rojas, who was informed by Alderson last week he will remain the Mets’ manager.