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The Mets have a lot of GM irons in the fire

Oct 7, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

There are a handful of intriguing names in the mix to become the next Mets GM at the moment. Among them:

  • White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, whom ESPN Chicago is reporting will interview with the team in the near future. Hahn was named as the top GM prospect in the game by Baseball America based on, I presume, his ability to work in the same office as Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen and not develop a drinking problem or something;
  • Former Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes. I tend to think he got an unfair shake in Arizona and has some promise. Plus, Byrnes  is actually still on the Dbacks’ payroll, so it would be a nice costs savings move!
  • Former Indians and Rangers GM John Hart said that he’d be interested, but he’s been out of the GMs chair for a long time in a vague advisor’s position, and it’s not clear that they’d be interested in him; and
  • Former A’s GM and current MLB executive Sandy Alderson who, many believe anyway, was the real brains behind the Athletics’ rise to respectability in the late 90s and early 2000s, not Billy Beane.

So, three guys — Hahn, Byrnes and Alderson — who would be nice pickups are on the Mets’ radar. One guy — Hart — who probably isn’t a smart choice is showing more interest in them than they are in him.  That’s not a bad setup to have as you go into the interviewing process.

Why then do I have this feeling that the Mets will still screw it up?

  1. Simon DelMonte - Oct 7, 2010 at 4:41 PM

    Because you’re a Debbie Downer on your own team, so it only goes to follow you would be that way about my team, too.
    Or maybe because at this point you wouldn’t trust Jeff Wilpon to order a burger at Wendy’s without making the wrong choice.

  2. The Steve Jeltz Experiment - Oct 7, 2010 at 5:00 PM

    The problem with Wilpon buying a burger at Wendy’s (at least based on the Mets way of doing business) is that he’d try to pay $125 for the burger.

  3. Trevor B - Oct 7, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Wilpons would try to order a burger, pay $125 dollars for it and he’d end up with a baked potato… and amazingly it wouldn’t be Wendy’s fault.

  4. willmose - Oct 7, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    The Mets don’t need a GM, they just need for their team to get healthy.

  5. djeg07 - Oct 8, 2010 at 6:26 AM

    hart did it in cleveland with a mature team adding key veys to the roster, shapiro has blown cleveland up, harts problem he does not like pitching. did he do a bad job in texas? i dont think so, was he great i dont thunk so, but agan, he loves a vetran team to build on. i would gamle. cant be worse than anything the mets have done in 20+ years.

  6. BC - Oct 8, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Bring in JP Riccardi and Bobby V. They’d at least be entertaining to listen to.

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