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Posted on: October 22, 2011 8:01 pm
Edited on: October 22, 2011 9:25 pm
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Omar Minaya has interviewed for Angels' GM post

Omar MinayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Wait, didn't the Angels just get of a general manager who loaded up the team with bad contracts and underachieving players? Maybe Arte Moreno has a type, because the Los Angeles Times reports former Mets general manager Omar Minaya has interviewed for the Angels' open general manager position.

The Angels' are apparently interviewing everyone short of me for the position, so this may end up being nothing more than a good laugh for Mets fans, but still it seems interesting.

The others who have reportedly interviewed or gotten an interview are White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, MLB senior vice president Kim Ng, Diamondbacks exec Jerry DiPoto and Yankees staffers Billy Eppler and Damon Oppenheimer. Rays general manager Andrew Friedman has also been connected to the job.

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 11:39 am
 

No shortage of rumored names in Cubs' GM search



By Matt Snyder


Friday will mark exactly one week since the Cubs announced they had fired general manager Jim Hendry. Cubs' chairman Tom Ricketts asserted he wants to find a GM with a strong track record, an analytical background and with an emphasis on player development. The latter two criteria would seem to point to someone opposite of Hendry -- who had a recent history of big contracts and trading prospects for veterans. The former criterion points to an experienced general manager, not a first-timer.

So many names have been tossed around for what is absolutely an attractive job. Now, this is where the Cubs haters all jump up and down and start screaming about how bad the Cubs "suck." No one in his right mind can deny nearly any general manager would want this job, though. As the Cubs' general manager, one would have the capability to work with a payroll that dwarfs any other in the NL Central. One would have a rabid fan base that is absolutely desperate for a World Series, so residing over one would be the ultimate sports accomplishment. Also, in the present, the Cubs have more than $50 million falling off the payroll next season, so there's a chance to basically start over. No ballclub can compare to the resources the Yankees have, but there's no reason the Cubs can't eventually be the Red Sox of the National League -- and there is no Yankees in the NL.

With this in mind, you'd have to figure almost every name is initially in the mix with few exceptions. And it sounds like that's true. Let's sum up the recent rumors:

ESPN's Buster Olney said earlier this week that Red Sox GM Theo Epstein "could" be a name for the Cubs to consider. What Epstein did under John Henry's ownership group is something similar to what the Cubs want under the Ricketts family, so it makes sense. Of course, Epstein also has very strong Boston roots and is currently in a better situation than what he'd be taking over with the Cubs. Unless he wants a fresh, new challenge or is simply tired of competing with the Yankees, it doesn't seem like he'd have any incentive to leave. For what it's worth, Henry emailed Red Sox reporters about the speculation:

“This kind of speculation happens from time to time to successful GMs and managers,” Henry wrote (BostonHerald.com). “The Cubs have one of the best presidents in baseball. I think this shows how highly regarded Theo is by the media and baseball in general.”

• Speaking of AL East powers, a "long-odds" option is Ricketts calling Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and trying to convince him to head to Chicago as a package deal with manager Joe Girardi. Cashman's contract does expire at the end of the season. (SunTimes.com) This is total speculation on my part, but there's not much more Cashman could accomplish with the Yankees and he could very well be tired of ownership forcing his hand (a la the Rafael Soriano contract this past offseason that he didn't want to give). Also, keep in mind Girardi had two different stints with the Cubs as a player and was born and raised in Peoria, Ill. This scenario makes sense, if Ricketts could convince the two to leave New York. But, again, this was reported as a long shot.

• More AL East: Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman has been named by pretty much every reporter in the business as a possibility. Friedman should be incredibly attractive because of what he's helped do with the Rays. He now has experience building a farm system basically from the ground up and in Chicago he'd be able to sign and keep higher-priced players. He also wouldn't have to worry about attendance or moving. ESPN's Olney wrote about Friedman's tough decision this coming offseason.

• Another small-market guy who might enjoy getting to have a few extra payroll dollars for once is A's general manager Billy Beane. According to Susan Slusser of SFGate.com, Beane "might consider an offer" if the Cubs came after him. Slusser also reports the Cubs are "expected" to talk to Beane. Another reason Beane might want to bail on Oakland is how long it's taking to get the A's stadium situation resolved. Beane is signed through 2014, but the report indicated owner Lew Wolff would let Beane out of the deal if he wanted.

Dodgers GM Ned Colletti is an option, despite that he's a bit more old-school than Ricketts seemed to say he preferred. In the case of Colletti, one reported benefit would be that he'd bring Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg back to the organization as the Cubs' manager, the job which Sandberg didn't get last season. (SunTimes.com)

• On the flip-side of much of the above notes, SI.com's Jon Heyman reported that the big names -- Cashman, Beane, Epstein, Friedman -- are not likely to take the job. Heyman instead reports it's going to come down to Rick Hahn and Josh Byrnes. Hahn is the vice president and assistant general manager of the White Sox and is considered a true up-and-comer by several in the business. In fact, several outlets have ranked him as the top GM candidate in baseball (excluding current GMs). The issue, of course, is he doesn't have experience as the top dog. Byrnes is the vice president of baseball operations for the Padres and has previously been the GM of the Diamondbacks. He had a hand in putting together the 2007 playoff team, but when things fell apart afterward, he was fired in 2010.

• According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Cashman is "very unlikely" and the Cubs might have to pay something like $10 million a year to pry Epstein away from Boston.

So there you have it. Several huge names, a hot-shot up-and-comer and lots of things we don't know. We need to keep in mind that initial interest in either side doesn't necessarily mean a job offer -- or acceptance of the job offer -- is coming. We also have to keep in mind that guys presently on the job, especially those in the middle of pennant races, will publicly deny interest no matter what.

Ricketts will likely want a new GM in place very quickly once this season ends, but until then -- about five weeks -- we'll continue to see the names swirl.

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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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Posted on: October 18, 2010 6:04 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:21 am
 

Alderson returning to New York

The New York Times has an update on the Mets' general manager search. In short, Sandy Alderson is headed back to Citi Field to interview with the Mets brass, but it's not a "second interview," instead, it's to complete the first interview. And then maybe he'll have a second interview.

Anyway, according to the article, the "second interview" will be a meeting with owner Fred Wilpon and team president Saul Katz. There's no word on who will get those golden tickets and if there's a "third interview" with Mr. Met and Keith Hernandez's mustache after that before heading to the speed round.

The Times adds the Mets have gotten permission to speak to Dana Brown, a special assistant to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos. BRown will meet Wednesday with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco.

Alderson is considered by most as the front-runner for the job. In addition to Brown and Alderson, Logan White, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird have interviewed for the gig.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 2:25 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Dodgers' White to interview for Mets GM job

According to folks in Los Angeles, Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White is interviewing for the Mets' general manager position.

ESPNLosAngeles' Tony Jackson was the first to report White would interview on Friday, but then the New York Daily News refuted that report , saying the interview was only to be a scout. However, since then, MLB.com and the Los Angeles Times have also reported White will interview for the GM job.

White's two-year contract expires this year, but he has reached an agreement with the team on a new deal, according to the Times .

White interviewed for the Diamondbacks GM position that went to Kevin Towers. He also interviewed for the Astros GM job in 2007.

White will be the fifth person to interview with the Mets, along with Sandy Alderson, Rick Hahn, Josh Byrnes and Allard Baird.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 11, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Mets to interview four for GM job

The Mets will begin interviews for their general manager position this week, the New York Post 's Dan Martin reports .

Sandy Alderson has already told reporters he's scheduled an interview. A team official also told the Post the team will also interview White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Royals GM Allard Baird and former Arizona GM Josh Byrnes.

However, the Post also reports more people could be added to the interview list.

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger tweets Baird interviewed today, Hahn will interview tomorrow, Byrnes Wednesday and Alderson on Thursday or Friday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 6:46 pm
 

Mets may go after Ryan, Hahn for GM job

Rick Hahn Now that Omar Minaya has been handed his walking papers , who could end up the new GM of the Mets?

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the team has a list of around 32 names to interview for the opening, with five to seven eventually receiving face-to-face interviews that are expected to last at least two rounds.

MetsBlog.com has two of the candidates in hand as White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and ex-Twins architect Terry Ryan.

Ryan, who began his career as a scout for the Mets in 1980, took over the Twins for the 1995 season. While he had to undergo six losing seasons, he eventually became one of the most successful GMs in franchise history as the Twins notched four division titles through 2007, when Ryan stepped down in favor of incumbent Bill Smith. Ryan currently serves as a senior adviser and hasn't been connected to any GM jobs in the past after indicating he had no interest in becoming a general manager again. However, the allure of the Mets may grab his attention.

Hahn (pictured) was named as the No. 1 general manager prospect by Baseball America in March 2010. Hahn also appeared on a Baseball Prospectus top 10 list in 2008. The 38-year-old turned down a chance to be considered for both the Cardinals and Pirates jobs in 2007, while the White Sox prevented him from interviewing in Seattle in 2008. Hahn has experience as an agent and has degrees from three separate colleges including Harvard Law School. It's possible Hahn could be Kenny Williams' successor, but Williams doesn't seem to be interested in retiring any time soon.

One person that won't be considered for the job opening is interim GM John Ricco, as the Mets feel Ricco doesn't have enough experience yet for the job.

-- Evan Brunell

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