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Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi as special assistant to Sandy Alderson

Nov 2, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

JP Ricciardi headshot

New Mets GM Sandy Alderson has already secured one of his former trusted lieutenants. During a conference call just a short while ago, former Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi was officially added to the Mets’ front office under the title of special assistant to the general manager. We’re a long way from Tony Bernazard, folks.

Here’s Alderson’s statement on Ricciardi, via a team press release:

“J.P. brings a wealth of knowledge and a breadth of experience to the organization,” said Alderson. “I worked with him for over a decade in Oakland and I know first hand he’s a superb talent evaluator. He’ll be a tremendous resource in a variety of areas.”

Interestingly, according to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Ricciardi said he turned down a long-standing offer from the Red Sox in order to reunite with his former boss in Queens.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, Alderson said it was possible that he will add yet another member to his front office in the next week or so. Early speculation is that Alderson hopes to hire Athletics special assistant and known “draft guru” Grady Fuson and/or Padres executive vice president Paul DePodesta.

It’s too bad the Giants have proved that this “Moneyball” stuff is complete B.S., huh?

  1. proudlycanadian - Nov 2, 2010 at 9:13 PM

    He should do an OK job as a second banana. He wasn’t very successful as the top banana in Toronto. He was unable to make a plan and stick by it. He ended up hiring too many overpaid players who were on the downside of their career. He would have been more successful if he had spent more money on scouts rather than old players such as Frank Thomas.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 3, 2010 at 8:45 AM

      The Wells contract severely hampered the Blue Jays; however, Frank Thomas was the least of your problems. 155 Games played, highest OBP, second in SLG, 4th in bWAR. And if you are concerned with traditional stats, most HR, most RsBI, most walks.

      • proudlycanadian - Nov 3, 2010 at 9:34 AM

        Actually the Wells contract has not hampered the Jays when it comes to signing players. They can afford it. Sure he is untradeable, but so what. He is performing better than the majority of center fielders. Frank Thomas was clearly in decline and had to be released because if he wasn’t, an expensive extension based on at bats would have kicked in. You are correct to criticize the Wells contract rather than Wells. On the plus side, a meaningful portion of that contract goes to charity. The Rios contract was also a mistake.

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