Tag:GM news
Posted on: October 20, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 5:03 pm

Angels could be looking at Rays GM Friedman

FriedmanBy Evan Brunell

The Rays' general manager, Andrew Friedman, met with Angels owner Arte Moreno this week, a source confirmed to ESPN Los Angeles. On the same trip, Moreno and team president John Carpino also spoke to Yankees executive Damon Oppenheimer, as the team searches for a new general manager.

This report confirms an earlier Friedman sighting made by blog DRays Bay. Friedman has built a successful team in Tampa Bay, but the club is held back by poor attendance, a lousy stadium and restrictive revenues. He has previously been linked to the Cubs and Astros (from hometown Houston) job, but it looks as if he's willing to consider other jobs. Friedman is thought to be close with team owner Stuart Sternberg, but even Sternberg has come out in saying the Rays can't last the way they are, so Friedman may have Sternberg's blessing to look for better opportunities.

Los Angeles is also looking into Diamondbacks' assistant GM Jerry DiPoto, and potentially Rangers assistant GM That Levine, whom the organization cannot interview until the World Series concludes given Texas' involvement. The interview process is also expected to include Kim Ng, a longtime assistant GM who is currently working in the MLB offices and would be baseball's first female GM.

Friedman would be the clear get, but would he be willing to go to an organization dominated by Moreno and manager Mike Scioscia? Moreno is very involved and the Angels have made some major missteps as of late. Scioscia, meanwhile, also wields a big amount of power. However, the club seems motivated to show that it's not a show run just by Moreno and Scioscia, so Friedman could be entering a good situation with the ability to put his own stamp on a team with competitive resources.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 9:35 pm

Orioles president MacPhail expected to resign

MacPhailBy Evan Brunell

Orioles president of baseball operations and de facto GM Andy MacPhail is expected to resign at the end of the year, two high-ranking team officials told USA Today.

MacPhail, who has been in his position since 2007, took the team over with more autonomous control of the team than any other GM had under owner Peter Angelos, but despite early progress, was unable to turn the team around, which is a major reason for the parting. CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler says that MacPhail had been expected to resign or be fired all season, with Angelos and MacPhail fed up with each other.

"Let's just get to the end of the year," MacPhail said when asked about his future, "and see what unfolds. We'll see. We'll see. I know there's a lot of speculation, but that comes with the territory."

Manager Buck Showalter, who is believed to have a significant say in who takes over, is not interested in the job for himself.

"You hear all kinds of things,'' Showalter said. "I just hope for the best for Andy. This is not one person's fault. You can't be this bad, for this long, without multiple reasons.''

Baltimore will register its 14th straight losing season by season's end, not what MacPhail envisioned when he took over the job. Building around young pitching, the Orioles were a team to watch over the last few years but their most heralded pitching prospects -- as well as hitting -- have stalled out as of late. Brian Matusz and Nick Markakis, just to name two, have regressed.

MacPhail won two World Series as the GM of the Twins (1987, 1991) and oversaw the Cubs from 1994 to 2006. Chicago replaced MacPhail with Jim Hendry, who was fired earlier this month. The son of former AL president (and Orioles GM) Lee MacPhail has been considered a potential replacement for Bud Selig whenever the commissioner chooses to step down.

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Posted on: December 1, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2010 1:10 pm

Newsmakers or Snoozemakers: GMs to watch

From December 6-9, baseball's offseason will kick into high gear as team officials, agents, players and media descend upon Orlando, Fla. This week, MLB Facts and Rumors will preview an aspect of the Winter Meetings each day. Today: The top 5 GMs expected to make noise at the meetings, plus those who should remain quiet.

There figures to be plenty of action at the Winter Meetings and much of it will happen on the floor with agents, media and team representatives, but those responsible for all the machinations will be ensconced in hotel suites, directing the action from above.

While some hotel suites will have plenty of neighbors looking over with a scowl at all the noise, others figure to stay quiet -- well, as quiet as one can amongst the hubbub, anyways. Let's look at who figures to be splashed among the headlines and those who will wait for another day.


Moore Dayton Moore (pictured): Moore has perhaps the best player on the trade market (unless one wants to pitch in Adrian Gonzalez' name) in Zack Greinke, but Greinke ain't going anywhere until Cliff Lee signs -- and even then it's a big if.

While one can't rule out Cliff Lee signing next week, there stands a good chance that may not come to fruition until the week or two after the winter meetings. Remember, Mark Teixeira inked with the Yankees January 6. Lee's market is more defined and aggressive than Teix, but the fact remains: the Lee saga could be far from over.

Sure, Moore figures to make his annual overpay for a mediocre player (cough Jeff Francouer cough), but that'll get overshadowed and is essentially a non-story anyways until K.C.'s baby boom arrives.

Sandy Alderson : Alderson was thought to be close to a deal with starting pitcher Chris Young, although those talks have not progressed as quickly as originally thought. This is roughly the caliber of player New York will be seeking. The core of the team (both financial and talent-wise) is already on the club. It's Alderson's job to supplement the team with the best opportunity to win in 2011 with the resources it has, while leaving the future (as immediate as 2012) open for making the team the way Alderson wants it.

That leaves Alderson discussing deals with lower-tier free agents, not enough for people to really sit up and take attention of at this point. However, his has been a bit of an aggressive free-agent market, so while lower-tier names usually don't fly off the board early, Alderson could net some in Orlando. Alderson is also thought to be trying to clear out salary, but that won't be easy to do and any proposed deal that hits the rumor page doesn't make sense.

Michael Hill
: Larry Beinfest is still attached to the Marlins publicly in his role as president for any moves in baseball operations, but Michael Hill is the general manager in name and practice so he is the one of record making the moves Florida has done lately. And they've been plenty: trading Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller and signing John Buck along with Javier Vazquez.

Is Florida done? No. Are they nearly done? Yep. Florida could stand to add one more bat, either at second, third or center, but may choose not to do so. The Marlins have wrapped up so much of their business quickly that there simply isn't much left to do.

Neal Huntington: The Pirates aren't high on anyone 's wish list, so even if Huntington is much in the same position as Alderson in only being able to afford mid- and lower-tier free agents as the Bucs desperately try to reverse the stink of 2010, no players will be signing in town anytime soon. There are no major trades on the horizon either.

Dan O'Dowd : O'Dowd is in a similar situation to Hill in that he's made most of his major moves. A mega-million extension for Troy Tulowitzki and enticing Jorge de la Rosa back to town were his grand strokes. Up next is fortifying the bench and infield, which may be done with a trade of Seth Smith or Ryan Spilborghs which would only register as a minor rumble on the Winter Meetings-ometer.

Ah, but as Michael Buffer (pictured) is famous for saying, these GMs figure to be prominently displayed...


Brian Cashman : Cashman has his fingers in pretty much every major storyline this offseason. Let's look:
  • The No. 1 free agent target in the market, Cliff Lee, is the apple of New York's eye and they are determined to outspend everyone for his services.
  • The best position player on the market in Carl Crawford would be best served in seeing the Lee saga to play out in case the Yankees become a suitor. Jayson Werth's suitors will crystallize with Crawford off the block, so his own timeline is delayed.
  • The Yankees have the resources and may have the desire to get Zack Greinke from the Royals. The latest scuttlebutt has Greinke willing to waive his no-trade clause even for New York.
  • The public brouhaha between the Yankees and Jeter has been a major plot for a league-average player at this point in his career because of all the implications therein. The Yankees are dominating the media with this topic.
  • Oh, and about that greatest closer of all-time? Yeah, Mariano Rivera and New York may be edging closer to a contract extension that could be announced at the meetings to give the Yankees an injection of goodwill.
  • Yep, another bullet point. Don't forget about Andy Pettitte, trying to decide between retirement or rejoining the Yankees.
Dave Dombrowski : The Tigers have been very busy this offseason so far, snaring Joaquin Benoit and Victor Martinez while re-upping with Brandon Inge and Jhonny Peralta. A big outlay has been made, but the Tigers aren't done just yet. The club could stand to add another starting pitcher and definitely need to add an outfielder. You can't rule Jayson Werth out, although Detroit figures to shoot lower.

Andrew Friedman
: Friedman has a major task ahead of him in rebuilding the Rays back to the level they achieved just months ago in the 2010 season. He has to start over with a bullpen while replacing Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena. The two major trade chips are Jason Bartlett and to a lesser extent, either Matt Garza or James Shields. Bartlett should be moved quickly, but Tampa's work will be far from done. The club needs to get as many chips as it can in order during the meetings.

Kenny Williams: No Winter Meeting is complete without a patented Kenny Williams move. Unafraid to be aggressive in free agency and trades, Williams always seems to have something cooking. The team needs a catcher, outfielder and could even strike for a third or first baseman. How good would Adam Dunn look on that club?

Tony Reagins
: The Angels have sure been quiet for a team expected to make a splash. Where's the Adrian Beltre signing? The flash of bulbs as Carl Crawford holds up his jersey? Rafael Soriano grinning as he assumes the mantle of closer?

You may see all (or some) of those at the Winter Meetings. The Angels have been laying in wait, shuffling their cards behind the scenes and could be poised to break through.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:41 am

Jocketty wins Executive of Year award

Jocketty Walt Jocketty has won the Sporting News ' Executive of the Year award, the third time the designation has gone to Jocketty.

The ex-Cardinals GM who took Cincinnati over in 2008, won in 2000 and 2004 as well. His work in Cincinnati gave the team its first postseason berth since 1995 as well as its first winning season in a decade. He was responsible for acquiring Scott Rolen in a trade, striking for Mike Leake in the draft, overseeing the development of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, and importing fireballer Aroldis Chapman.

Jon Daniels was considered a heavy favorite for the award, but you can't go wrong with Jocketty: he's proven he's still one of the best GMs in the game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: November 2, 2010 6:55 pm

Mets hire J.P. Ricciardi

Ricciardi The Mets beat out the Red Sox for the services of J.P. Ricciardi, the ex-Blue Jays GM that will help build up a new way of doing things in New York.

Ricciardi, fired in 2009 and serving as an ESPN analyst since, joins Sandy Alderson in New York with a big task in front of him. The Mets have a thin farm system, a bloated major-league team with no discernible direction and a mess behind the scenes.

With the title special assistant to the GM, the Mets announced Ricciardi will also assist Alderson in all aspects of the baseball operations department.

"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."

Ricciardi does have ties to the Mets, playing for the team from 1980-81 after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was teammates with current Athletics GM Billy Beane while with Class A in 1980.

"I couldn't be more excited about being reunited with Sandy," said Ricciardi. "We enjoyed tremendous success together in Oakland and it's my goal to help duplicate that here with the Mets. As a former Met farm hand, it's a double homecoming for me."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:19 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:14 pm

Report: Mets pick Alderson

Sandy Alderson The Mets will hire Sandy Alderson as their general manager, Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman reports (via Twitter ).

Heyman cites "sources" as saying Alderson is the Mets' choice.

Alderson has been seen as the favorite to take over for Omar Minaya since he first interviewed for the job. He finished his second interview on Tuesday. The other finalist was former Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes.

Major League Baseball usually doesn't allow major announcements -- such as general manager or manager hires -- on the same day as World Series games, so expect this to become official on Friday, the travel day for the Rangers and Giants.

UPDATE: The New York Post 's Joel Sherman tweets that the Mets have called both Alderson and Byrnes to let them know they've made their decision.

UPDATE: An interesting tidbit from Andy Martino of the New York Daily News (via Twitter ), the Mets wanted to interview Rangers GM Jon Daniels, he wanted to put off the interview until after the World Series and the Mets declined.

UPDATE: Heyman (on Twitter ) refutes Martino's report that Daniels asked the Mets to wait. Heyman says Daniels wasn't involved, as does the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant (also on Twitter ).

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:42 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2010 3:13 pm

Is Alderson set to be next Mets GM?

Take it for what it's worth, but blogger and radio host Matt Pignataro has revealed that Sandy Alderson will be named the Mets GM within the next 5-7 days.

Alderson as the front-runner is no secret, so it wouldn't be a surprise if this actually turned out to be true.

UPDATE : Ken Gurnick has Dodgers assistant GM Logan White as no longer in the running.

UPDATE : It's down to Alderson and Josh Byrnes, as the New Jersey Star-Ledger notes. Byrnes will interview Monday, Alderson Tuesday. There will likely be an announcement next Wednesday or following the World Series.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 21, 2010 5:22 pm

Mets conclude first round of GM interviews

The first round of GM interviews is complete, and the Mets will now focus on narrowing the pool of candidates.

Sandy Alderson remains the heavy favorite, as he had a well-publicized second interview that the Mets termed a continuation of the first. Alderson has years of GM experience under his belt and currently works for MLB.

His competition is Red Sox special assistant to the GM Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White and Blue Jays assistant GM Dana Brown.

"As you may know, earlier today we completed the initial round of interviews with six talented candidates to become the new general manager of the New York Mets," COO Jeff Wilpon wrote in an e-mail to fans.. "Each was extremely impressive -- Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes, Sandy Alderson, Logan White and Dana Brown. All reiterated their desire and interest in pursuing this opportunity. We will be in direct communication with each as we narrow the candidate pool by early next week. We subsequently will invite the leading candidates back to meet with Fred [Wilpon], Saul [Katz] and me."

-- Evan Brunell

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