The Mets have narrowed their general manager search, announcing today that Sandy Alderson and Josh Byrnes are the two finalists and will have second interviews early next week.
The team said that Byrnes will interview on Monday, with Alderson scheduled for Tuesday. Both are expected to meet with Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz, who along with Fred's son Jeff form the Mets ownership triumvirate. Jeff Wilpon conducted the first round of interviews, along with John Ricco, who is staying on as the assistant general manager.
Alderson, who hasn't worked as a general manager since leaving the A's in 1998, has been regarded as the favorite to get the job. Byrnes was the Diamondbacks general manager before he was fired this season.
The Mets also interviewed ex-Royals general manager Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, Dodgers assistant Logan White and Blue Jays assistant Dana Brown. They said that Ricco and Jeff Wilpon spoke to those four today to tell them they did not make the final round.