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    Five General Manager Options to Replace Brodie Van Wagenen

    by Michael Calascione
    29 Sep 2020

    When Steve Cohen takes over as owner of the New York Mets,
    will he find a new general manager? Let’s look at some candidates.

    The 2020 offseason for the New York Mets will without a doubt be one to follow closely. The offseason gets started with a vote to approve Steve Cohen as the new owner of the New York Mets franchise. This one event will create a ripple effect and set the tone for the rest of the offseason.

    Going on the assumption that Cohen gets the necessary votes to be approved and welcomed into the elite club of major league baseball club owners, the Mets offseason could get busy fast. Earlier this week it was announced that Steve Cohen would hire former Mets GM Sandy Alderson to be president of baseball and business operations.

    This is without a doubt an exciting piece of news because it brings Sandy back into the organization and now, he will presumably not be financially handcuffed or restricted in any other conceivable way. The first question that arises, however, is will Brodie Van Wagenen be the Mets General Manager in 2021.

    In all likelihood, he will not be retained, and the Mets will conduct a search for their third GM in as many years. It can probably be assumed that whoever is hired as the General Manager would be Alderson’s successor being that he is in his 70s and recovering from a bout with cancer from a few years ago.

    The rumors and rumblings have already started about who could be interested in the job as well as who could interest the Mets. The five GM options discussed here will represent options that are not only realistic, that means no Brian Cashman, but also a good fit.


    Honorable Mentions
    The people named in this slide are considered “honorable mentions”. All three of these men would be fantastic fits for the Mets organization but at the same time, they do not fit the model that seems to be taking shape.

    Presumably, the Mets will have Alderson be the president of baseball operations and a different person be general manager. This means that anyone that is already a president and GM would have to take a demotion, albeit maybe a short-term one, to come to the Mets.





    Theo Epstein
    Theo Epstein is currently the President and GM of the Chicago Cubs. He has been with them for nine years and before that, he was with the Boston Red Sox for ten years. Epstein is highly respected throughout the game and is considered one of the two best “active” executives in baseball with the other being Brian Cashman.

    He has broken two curses in his career. First the curse of the Bambino with the Red Sox in 2004 and second the curse of the Billy Goat with the Cubs in 2016.

    So why can’t he come to the Mets and break the curse of the Wilpons?

    He absolutely can but he probably will not. If he were to come to the Mets, he would just be the General Manager, which would be a significant demotion for him.

    However, he could see it as a challenge and potentially cementing his legacy as one of the best executives ever if he were to bring a title to Queens.





    Mike Chernoff
    The New Jersey native is currently the General Manager of the Cleveland Indians. He has done a great job the last few years with the Indians creating a perennial contender which included a World Series appearance in 2016.

    Even though he is just a GM in Cleveland and coming to Queens would present a new challenge for him, he turned down an interview request from the Mets back in 2018.

    That rejection could mean one of two things. He either does not want to leave Cleveland or he did not want to be a Wilpon puppet. If it is the former, he will likely remain an honorable mention, but if it is the latter he could jump into the conversation and be a legitimate and welcomed candidate.

    For now, though we will assume he is comfortable in Cleveland and not be a Mets GM candidate.





    Erik Neander
    Erik Neander is less known among fans than the previous two men but just as good. He is currently the General Manager and Senior Vice President of baseball operations of the Tampa Bay Rays.

    Neander’s case is in kind of a gray area. He is technically not just a GM but if he was to come to the Mets it would be a demotion for him. A phone call should still be made but I would imagine that he would turn down an interview or the Rays would block it.

    Neander has done an incredible job with the Rays, who have the 28th highest payroll in baseball, and it would be fun to see what he could do with Steve Cohen’s money, but that may be a pipe dream.





    5) Bobby Heck
    If the Mets cannot have Erik Neander then maybe they can get one of his top lieutenants.

    A rather unknown member of the baseball front office community, Bobby Heck is currently a special assistant to the GM with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was hired to that position in 2015 having been promoted from a special assignment scout within the Rays organization.

    Heck is a great baseball mind that is highly respected around the league for his scouting acumen and his player development skills. This type of background would benefit the Mets greatly and the GM job for the Mets would be a much-deserved promotion.

    He has also worked under a long list of great baseball minds like Chaim Bloom, who was a finalist for the Mets job in 2018 and is now the Red Sox GM, Erik Neander, Andrew Friedman, and Matt Silverman.

    The experiences Heck has picked up along the way from working with these great men can only pay dividends as Mets GM.

    Before going to Tampa Bay, Heck was the scouting director for the Houston Astros for five years spanning from 2007 to 2012. As scouting director for the Astros, he was responsible for drafting big-name players like George Springer and Carlos Correa.

    Heck was also integral in the drafting of Jason Castro, J.D. Martinez, Mike Foltynewicz, and Preston Tucker.

    Without a doubt, he knows baseball and he knows how to find talented baseball players. By no means would this be a bad pick for the Mets to be their new General Manager.





    4) Kim Ng
    Kim Ng is a highly regarded executive within Major League Baseball’s offices. She is currently the Senior Vice President of baseball operations in the Commissioner’s office but has been a three-time assistant GM with the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Yankees.

    She has also interviewed for several GM positions throughout her career including the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Ng also interviewed for the Mets job in 2018 but was not a finalist.

    Ng is more than qualified for the job, having spent time with many clubs in both player development and analytics roles. When she was up for the job back in 2018 Joe Torre had nothing but high remarks for her, having worked with her with the Yankees and the Dodgers.

    If that does not convince you then maybe this fun fact will. Earlier it was mentioned how Brian Cashman was considered one of the best “active” executives if not one of the best ever. Well, in 1998 Cashman recruited Ng to work for the Yankees as an assistant general manager at the age of 29.

    As a bonus to being extremely qualified and highly respected throughout baseball, Ng, if hired, would become the first female to be a General Manager in any of the major sports in North America. However, breaking barriers is nothing new to Kim Ng. In 1995 she became the first woman to present a salary arbitration case when she worked for the White Sox.

    Cohen could really start his tenure as the new Mets owner with a bang by hiring Kim Ng, who has long deserved a General Manager position.





    3) Paul DePodesta
    There is and always will be a special place in my heart for Paul DePodesta. He came to the Mets in 2010 as one of Sandy Alderson’s first hires and was the assistant GM until he left in 2016 to become the chief strategy officer of the Cleveland Browns.

    DePodesta also worked under Billy Beane in Oakland for many years during the moneyball era. In fact, he was played by Jonah Hill in the movie Moneyball.

    It was long believed that DePodesta would succeed Alderson one day and become the GM of the Mets, but he decided to leave for the NFL and the rest is history.

    Now with Alderson potentially back in the fold as president, DePodesta could be lured back to finish what they started.

    When the Mets lost DePodesta it hit the Mets a lot harder than most fans realize and the loss of DePodesta is a big reason why the Mets have fallen off the cliff since 2015. He was and still is considered one of the smartest minds in baseball and was a big reason the Mets got to the World Series in 2015.

    A lot of the players on that World Series team were brought to the team because of Paul DePodesta. In fact, one player, in particular, was there because of him. That man is Jacob deGrom but not for why you think.

    No DePodesta did not draft deGrom but he stopped Alderson from trading him away. In 2012 the Mets made a rather minor trade sending Pedro Beato to Boston for catcher Kelly Shoppach but originally Boston had asked for Jacob deGrom who was not Jacob deGrom yet, but Alderson was ready to comply and DePodesta stopped him because he thought deGrom could be a diamond in the ruff and that he was.

    That story aside DePodesta is a very good baseball mind, he knows the Mets organization extremely well, and five years ago he was supposed to be the GM of the future and now he has the chance to be again.





    2) Billy Owens
    Someone that has been connected to the Mets already is Billy Owens. He is currently an assistant general manager and the director of player personnel with the Oakland Athletics

    Owens originally a minor league hitting coach made his way to the A’s front office as a member of the scouting department and for the last 19 years working his way through the organization to reach the position he has today.

    Having been in the A’s front office for so long means he has worked closely with Alderson for the last two years, so Alderson probably has a good idea of what type of person and executive he is and can be given a larger role.

    He has a great baseball mind and has excellent scouting and evaluation skills, which helped him get to this point in his career.

    If the Mets were to bring Owens on board as the GM it would be a boon for the Mets in many ways and pairing him with Tommy Tanous and Mark Tramuta, who already knock the draft and scouting out of the park, could be the biggest benefit of them all.

    Owens was a finalist for the Giants GM position in 2019 before being passed over for Scott Harris, so this process is not foreign to him.

    It is also likely that Alderson has already talked to Owens about the possibility of him running the Mets and has a good feel for him in general.

    Time will certainly tell how serious of a candidate he is but from all of the buzz around Owens, he could be a very good pick for the Mets to try and get them to the promised land.





    1) David Stearns
    The homegrown kid who the Wilpons let slip away.

    David Stearns interned for the Mets during the 2008 season when Omar Minaya was the General Manager, but despite Minaya allegedly pleading with the Wilpons to open a position for Stearns they did not, and he moved on from the Mets.

    After the Mets, he went to Cleveland where he quickly became a hot commodity within the baseball community. He was later hired by Houston to be an assistant GM before moving the Milwaukee where he is currently the President of Baseball Operations and General Manager.

    Now, why is Stearns on this list and the number one option if he is already a president with the Brewers. Shouldn’t he be in the honorable mentions with Epstein and company?

    Yes but no, I’ll explain.

    There is one difference between Stearns and Theo Epstein and company. David Stearns is from New York, grew up a Mets fan, and worked for the Mets. That carries some weight for sure.

    In addition, he is just 35 years old so if he had to take a demotion to be just the GM of his childhood team and have to wait a couple of years to re-gain the president title it may not be that big of a drawback for him.

    Stearns has done a great job in Milwaukee. The Brewers have become a perennial contender on the back of Christian Yelich, a trade that Stearns is responsible for.

    Let’s also not forget he also fleeced the Mets when he acquired Bobby Wahl, Adam Hill, and Felix Valerio from the Mets for Keon Broxton, who did not last long for the Mets in 2019.

    Stearns would be the perfect fit for the Mets due to his excellent baseball mind, his youth, and his love for the team. The only question is, can the Mets can lure him away from the Brewers.

    The Mets would definitely have to give him a raise and is giving him that much money to just be a GM at least in the short-term worth it? I think it is, but the Mets may not, but then again it is a new day where money may not be as big of an issue especially if the person is worth it and Stearns definitely is worth it.





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    Sources: Pat Roessler, Billy Owens, Bobby Heck could have roles with Mets
    Roessler was with the team previously and is still respected by many in the organization
    Andy Martino
    MLB Insider
    10/01/2020 3:38pm



    As we work to figure out what the Mets organization will look like if Steve Cohen is approved as owner and names Sandy Alderson team president, league sources have identified three names who will likely be considered for a role with the team: Nationals assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, Oakland assistant general manager Billy Owens, and Tampa Bay special assistant Bobby Heck.

    Roessler served as Mets’ assistant hitting coach from 2015-17 under Kevin Long. He was hitting coach in 2018, and remains highly respected by many in the organization. He could be under consideration for a prominent coaching role next season.

    Heck and Owens are highly respected executives who could play a role in a revamped front office. As SNY previously reported, Alderson could hire one or two top baseball operations executives to report to him.

    All of this is contingent on Cohen’s approval by other owners. Despite some dissent behind the scenes, league sources expect the sale to ultimately go through. That would leave Alderson in charge of baseball operations by November at the latest.

    Alderson could not be reached for comment.



    https://sny.tv/articles/sources-pat-...oles-with-mets
    I am not a Martino fan by any stretch but he was the first to report Alderson coming back. Some thought he was spitballing that one and he nailed it. Could he do the same with these names? Owens and Heck sound like good picks from reading other articles. I don't recall much on Roessler though.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by West Coast Mets Fan View Post

      I am not a Martino fan by any stretch but he was the first to report Alderson coming back. Some thought he was spitballing that one and he nailed it. Could he do the same with these names? Owens and Heck sound like good picks from reading other articles. I don't recall much on Roessler though.
      my main problem with Martino is that he comes across as a whiny Phillies phan phorced to cover the Mets

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      • #4
        Latest On Mets' Front Office Plans

        by Anthony Franco
        3 Oct 2020, 7:48 PM CT
        • Like most teams, the Mets imposed pay cuts for many employees this summer in response to pandemic-driven revenue losses. However, Mets employees will receive their full salaries from November 1 onward, per Tim Healey of Newsday. Likely incoming owner Steve Cohen drove that decision. Cohen’s still awaiting formal approval from 23 of the league’s 30 owners (which he’s expected to get) before his reported $2.475 billion purchase of 95% of the franchise becomes official. He’s permitted to consult on organizational decision-making in the interim, Healey notes.
        • The Mets’ forthcoming sale also figures to bring substantial changes in personnel. Cohen has already confirmed plans to hire Sandy Alderson as team president if and when he formally takes the reins. A few potential staffers Cohen and Alderson could pursue for various roles this offseason (via Andy Martino of SNY): Nationals assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, Athletics assistant general manager Billy Owens, and Rays special assistant Bobby Heck. Roessler was on the Mets’ coaching staff from 2015-18, overlapping with Alderson’s time as the franchise’s general manager. Owens, meanwhile, has been in the Oakland front office for nearly two decades and reportedly drew some consideration last offseason for the Giants’ GM job, which eventually went to Scott Harris.

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        • #5
          I haven't heard anything bad about Owens or Heck...both would be "rookie" GM's, but at the same time, you would still have Alderson and maybe Omar to guide them

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          • #6
            Latest On Mets' Front Office Plans


            by Anthony Franco
            3 Oct 2020, 7:48 PM CDT
            • Like most teams, the Mets imposed pay cuts for many employees this summer in response to pandemic-driven revenue losses. However, Mets employees will receive their full salaries from November 1 onward, per Tim Healey of Newsday. Likely incoming owner Steve Cohen drove that decision. Cohen’s still awaiting formal approval from 23 of the league’s 30 owners (which he’s expected to get) before his reported $2.475 billion purchase of 95% of the franchise becomes official. He’s permitted to consult on organizational decision-making in the interim, Healey notes.
            • The Mets’ forthcoming sale also figures to bring substantial changes in personnel. Cohen has already confirmed plans to hire Sandy Alderson as team president if and when he formally takes the reins. A few potential staffers Cohen and Alderson could pursue for various roles this offseason (via Andy Martino of SNY): Nationals assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, Athletics assistant general manager Billy Owens, and Rays special assistant Bobby Heck. Roessler was on the Mets’ coaching staff from 2015-18, overlapping with Alderson’s time as the franchise’s general manager. Owens, meanwhile, has been in the Oakland front office for nearly two decades and reportedly drew some consideration last offseason for the Giants’ GM job, which eventually went to Scott Harris.

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            • #7
              What to know: Mets 2020 offseason


              by Anthony DiComo, @AnthonyDiComo
              9 Oct 2020

              NEW YORK -- As the offseason begins to take shape, the Mets have questions. Lots of questions, from the highest levels of the organization on down.

              Here’s a primer for everything the team will face in the coming weeks and months:

              What will the front office look like once that happens?

              All we know right now is that Sandy Alderson will return to serve as team president, almost certainly with a general manager reporting to him. The major question is whether the Mets will retain current GM Brodie Van Wagenen in that role or dismiss him following two straight seasons without a postseason berth. If the Mets choose the latter route, it’s unclear whether they will immediately hire a new GM or proceed on an interim basis with others on staff -- former big league GMs Allard Baird and Omar Minaya or ex-assistant GM John Ricco, most likely -- running the show.



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              • #8
                I know I'm likely in the minority here following my defense of Beltran, but I would be 100% in favor of a Luhnow hire. To put it all out there, my opinion on him in the scandal:
                • I don't think his claims of ignorance are accurate
                • I do think he intentionally turned a blind eye to what was going on
                • I do think he intentionally distanced himself from it.
                • I don't think those are admirable characteristics in a GM
                Now my opinion of him as a GM
                • I do think he built a perennial winner.
                • I do think he either has a great eye for talent OR he hired the right scouts who have a great eye for talent.
                • I do think the trades he made are all smart and defensible (unlike our current guy)
                I'd love to see what he can do with smarts and money. Obviously there would be the media circus cheater aspect which chased Beltran out of town, but this is a year later, he was less directly involved, and if not the Mets, someone will sign him (currently linked to the Angels as a potential suitor).

                Now let the judgement on my moral bankruptcy begin

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                • #9
                  I just don't see it happening, due to the new ownership. Just not the publicity you want starting off fresh. I could just see it... "While we'll give you a pass on Beltran (you didn't know & reacted immediately, plus, it was the Wilpons), you do know about Luhnow.".

                  Also, is it the move he wants to make after having to get past the other owner's approval? Finally, there is the whole financial impropriety regarding the SAC Capital Fund that Cohen has to get past. It seems like a foolish move to immediately hire the freshly unsuspended GM from the Astros scandal.

                  As for your assessment of Luhnow's skills, I fully agree, he is very good. He built one hell of a team. I just see him as a complete no-go as a Mets' hire at this point. The reaction would be like a mother-in-law when you divorce her daughter to marry the much younger sister.

                  Your moral bankruptcy.... you ain't gettin' hired either.

                  But me, I always have the "free hall pass" to getting hired, because, I 💖 Chipper Jones!!!

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                  • #10
                    Once he's approved by owners, he is free to sully his reputation all he wants - he's obviously unafraid of the court of public opinion if it leads to his success (as his businesses have shown).

                    And maybe it was the whole COVID thing taking up the entire newspaper day in and day out, but once the season started, you heard VERY little about the scandal (which is what I predicted, but I will admit it wasn't under fair conditions)

                    I'm all in for the win, and if Luhnow is what gets us there, then do it. Everyone deserves a second chance, especially when his involvement was VERY periphery. Obviously make sure there is oversight on what he is doing (hello Sandy...). And if he cheats again, ban his ass from baseball. AS for the Mets, they'll fully deserve the large fines and lost draft picks for climbing into bed with a known weasel and leaving the chicken coup unmonitored.

                    PS: I'd put this in my signature for a full 2021 post season if this move got us there!
                    Last edited by NY FANG; 23-Oct-2020, 12:08 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I would give him a second chance if he came clean but he hasn't. He still is insisting he didn't know (I find that very hard to believe, if it is, that's another set of problems) and then he throws others under the bus in a recent interview. Since social distancing will not work I recommend the 10-foot pole approach.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by West Coast Mets Fan View Post
                        I would give him a second chance if he came clean but he hasn't. He still is insisting he didn't know (I find that very hard to believe, if it is, that's another set of problems) and then he throws others under the bus in a recent interview. Since social distancing will not work I recommend the 10-foot pole approach.
                        You say 10-foot pole approach, and I think of this scene from Braveheart haha

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                        • #13

                          MLB has direct testimony that shows Jeff Luhnow was aware of Astros' sign-stealing efforts,
                          per report .This would contradict what Luhnow told a local Houston TV station earlier this week

                          By Mike Axisa

                          Former Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow is back in the news. Earlier this week Luhnow claimed he was unaware the Astros were illegally stealing signs during their 2017 World Series championship season. MLB suspended Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch one year for their roles in scandal earlier this year. The duo were later fired by owner Jim Crane.

                          "I didn't know we were cheating. I had no idea. I wasn't involved," Luhnow said during a television interview. "Major League Baseball's report stated that I didn't know anything about the trash can banging scheme. They stated I might have known something about the video decoding scheme and not paid it much attention. But there was really no credible evidence of that claim. I didn't know. I didn't know about either of them. And it felt like, on that day, that I was getting punished for something that I didn't do. And it didn't feel right."

                          Doubt is now being cast on Luhnow's claims. MLB acquired "direct testimony" that Luhnow was involved in the sign-stealing scheme during their investigation, reports The Athletic's Evan Drellich. Drellich adds Luhnow made claims that were "misleading or inaccurate" during his television interview. Here's more from Drellich:

                          "Luhnow received emails that put him on notice of the activity, but claims he only read parts of the emails even though he responded to the emails," the person said. "One witness clearly stated and provided evidence that Luhnow knew, and others identified facts indicating that Luhnow knew. The best interpretation of the evidence is that Luhnow either knew exactly what the video room was doing, or knew generally what they were doing and willfully chose to keep himself in the dark."

                          There are two possibilities here and neither reflects well on Luhnow. Either he knew about the sign-stealing and was complicit, and is lying about it now, or he truly did not know and failed to keep his house in order as general manager. Keep in mind it was previously reported an Astros front office staffer showed Luhnow the team's "Codebreaker" algorithm in September 2016.

                          Ultimately, the degree of Luhnow's involvement is irrelevant. Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a memo to all 30 MLB teams in 2017 stating the general manager would be held responsible for any sign-stealing transgressions. The Astros got caught and, as Manfred warned, the general manager was held responsible. Whether Luhnow was directly involved is irrelevant given the warning.

                          Luhnow's interview comes at a time when he may be trying to return to baseball. His suspension ends following the conclusion of the World Series and several teams have general manager openings. Luhnow has already been connected to the Angels, for example. It's unlikely this is the last time we hear him deny any involvement in the sign-stealing scandal.
                          I pass on this guy.

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                          • #14
                            Frankly, I don't give a tinker's damn if Luhnow knew or not.

                            He built teams that won. Consistently. Both built them and added the necessary pieces through shrewd trades and drafts and signings once they started to have the open window of contending.

                            That he turned a blind eye/ear to the actions of guys on the field means not one whit to me.

                            Call me morally bankrupt, but I bet he can't hear to much due to the gleam of that championship ring distracting him.

                            I want that, too.

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                            • #15
                              Exactly. His primary job is to put the best players on the field and then let the manager do his thing to let them win. Yes, he probably should have told them to cut it out, but considering we hear about new cheating stories nearly every year, it doesn't bother me as much.

                              For those concerned he'd do it again and tarnish the Mets name, my guess is someone burned is less likely to do it again knowing they are looking up the barrel of a lifetime ban if caught twice...

                              and after a parade of terrible GMs, I want the guy with the shiny ring built on a relatively low budget team.

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