Now that Steve Cohen has done it official taken over as the Mets’ new owner, we know that Sandy Alderson has already been lined up to return to the Mets as team president. According to Mike Puma of the New York PostThe Mets plan to have both a president of baseball operations and a general manager who reports to Alderson in what appears to be a fairly significant front office power structure.
It was widely expected that a GM would handle day-to-day front office tasks under Alderson, but since Alderson’s responsibilities also include overseeing the Mets’ business operations, this means that Alderson may not be as directly practical with staff movements as originally thought. That said, Alderson will obviously still have the last word on any major transactions, and will naturally be looking to hire executives who share similar philosophies about route construction.
The responsibilities of a “president of baseball operations” and “general manager” can vary from team to team, although the specific job titles play a role in hiring. Clubs generally do not stand in the way of employees being interviewed when another team offers a promotion, so in this case the Mets could potentially try to lure a current GM to Citi Field if they have a president for baseball ops position available. Adding two major hires to the front office beyond just Alderson would also be a way to add even more baseball brainpower and fresh ideas to an organization like Cohen’s. planning to modernize from an analytical perspective.
Names such as Ray’s Special Assistant Bobby Heck or Athletics Assistant GM Billy Owens have already been mentioned as potential candidates to join the Mets, and Puma wondered if JP Ricciardi could also be a candidate to return to New York given Ricciardi’s longstanding ties to Alderson. Of course, the Mets have a current general manager in Brodie Van Wagenen, although it is not expected that he will keep the job under Cohen’s ownership.