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The Mets want an experienced GM to replace Omar

Sep 14, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

FanHouse’s Ed Price reports one thing we knew — Omar Minaya is on his way out — and one thing we didn’t — the Mets would rather hire an “experienced GM” than promote assistant GM John Ricco.

This surprises me somewhat because I had assumed that the Wilpons would want someone from inside, whom they’ve known and controlled to some degree for a while. That’s Ricco who — whatever his merits as an executive — is certainly more of a creature of the Wilpons than an outside candidate would be.

So what “experienced GMs” are floating around out there?  Kevin Towers has been discussed by many, but he’s been linked with the Diamondbacks. Some have suggested Jon Daniels, who is from New York and who can opt-out of his Rangers deal due to the ownership change, but he has also said that he’d like to stay in Texas. And it would certainly seem like a better situation for him, competitively speaking.

I’m sort of blanking on available, experienced baseball GMs right now. Most candidates these days are assistants. At least any who are considered hot candidates, as opposed to folks who’ve been out of the top spot for a while.

The best I could think of right now — and it would actually be a great pick — is Paul DePodesta. Any others? 

  1. isdtyrant - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    JP Ricciardi? Not that I think he’s a great GM, but he does have experience, and hasn’t been out of the game for too long…

  2. geoknows - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:20 PM

    Steve Phillips!
    Oh wait, he did that job already.
    OK, a good choice? Kevin Towers. Arizona is looking at him too.

  3. geoknows - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:26 PM

    I see you mentioned Towers already…missed that.

  4. Chipmaker - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    Where’s Dan Duquette these days?

  5. BC - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    Dan Duquette is available last I checked. Hey, there’s no where to go but up! ;-)

  6. Lans Downe - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:37 PM

    Probably spending more days in first place than any other GM candidates.

  7. Kevin S. - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    More importantly, what experienced GM would touch the toxicity that is the Mets these days? The problems with that team come from above Omar.

  8. Slanch - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVkalfhzvVA

  9. Kevin S. - Sep 14, 2010 at 3:46 PM

    That’s fantastic – wonder how long it’s going to take for the Mets to shut it down for using their song.

  10. Jonny5 - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    Crusty the clown would be an improvement wouldn’t he?

  11. David - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Jerry Hunsicker?

  12. Simon DelMonte - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    Well, if he gets voted out of his seat in the House, he’ll need a new second job.
    I prefer Sideshow Bob, though.

  13. YANKEES1996 - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM

    Roger Dorn is available, he couldn’t do any worse!

  14. EShine - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:07 AM

    What about getting creative and bringing in Vinny Cerrato. He’s been an owner’s puppett before, has no eye for talent, proven he can wreck teams, and enjoys the spotlight. While we’re at it, why not bringing in Zeke?

  15. Clyde1234 - Sep 15, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    I don’t think he wants anything to do with that kind of spotlight, but Terry Ryan would be someone worth considering.

  16. Simon Oliver Lockwood - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Jim Bowden is the obvious choice. He succeeded Omar Minaya — with the Nats.

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