Mets GM search: David Stearns responds to rumors

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Here is the latest on the Mets' GM search...

Nov. 11, 1:48 p.m.

David Stearns responded on Thursday with reports circulating that the Mets could hire a GM now and wait until Stearns is available to lure him as the president of baseball operations.

The Mets have not contacted Stearns, which would be tampering, and he told Jon Heyman that he's "happily employed" by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Stearns declined to tell Heyman whether he has one or two years left on his contract with the Brewers.

Nov. 10, 6:14 p.m.

Since it came out that Mets owner Steve Cohen spoke with GM candidate Adam Cromie face-to-face on Tuesday (see below), Sandy Alderson’s was going to be asked this question: Was an offer made?

A short answer from Alderson on Wednesday: No. And though many see Cromie is the favorite right now, Alderson said others are still in the running.

“I don’t have any expectations about the timing,” Alderson noted. “We’re still going through the process. Nothing has really changed since yesterday. Still a lot of considerations on the table. When the process is complete, [reporters] will certainly be among the first persons to know.”

Nov. 10, 12:23 p.m.

Former Washington Nationals assistant GM Adam Cromie met face-to-face with Mets owner Steve Cohen on Tuesday night, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Per Sherman, the belief was that if the face-to-face meeting went well, Cromie would receive an offer to become GM.

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday that Cromie is a serious candidate for the job.

Cromie was with the Nats for over 10 years, working in player development, analytics, and baseball operations.

He left the Nats in 2017 to work in law, and is currently an associate at Jones Day law firm.

"A lot of my close friends either picked up the phone and called or texted and asked, 'Hey, is everything okay?' Sometimes telling people that you intend to pursue other opportunities can be code for 'I was let go' or 'told that my services weren't needed anymore,'" Cromie told CBS Sports in 2017. "But the people I knew the best, and the people within the organization understood this was always something I may do."

Nov. 9, 11:25 a.m.

Mets president Sandy Alderson addressed the media at the GM Meetings in California on Tuesday morning to say that at this point his front office search is for a GM.

“Yeah, I wouldn’t anticipate another position,” he said, acknowledging it's unlikely they will hire a president of baseball operations.

That said, Alderson added this: “But first of all, assuming we only hire one person, there will be at least a year [of] runway for that person to demonstrate their ability and their potential. I’ve said this to others in the past: That’s the opportunity. That’s all you can ask for. Demonstrated ability tends to get rewarded.”

So that GM, whenever he or she is hired, could possibly impress enough to move into a higher role with New York following the 2022 campaign.

Nov. 5, 9:03 a.m.

The Mets' process is continuing, with two interviews coming up with candidates whose names have not yet been revealed, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Per Martino, the Mets' current list of candidates is longer than the known possibility, Billy Eppler.

It was reported Thursday that Boston Red Sox assistant GM Raquel Ferreira had declined to interview for the Mets' GM position.

Martino previously reported that the Mets had been granted permission by the Red Sox to speak to Ferreira.

After the two sides spoke, Ferreira "decided the position was not a fit at this time," per the Boston Globe.

Nov. 4, 9:00 p.m.

Baltimore Orioles assistant GM Sig Mejdal is no longer in the mix for a Mets front office position, sources told SNY's Andy Martino.

The Met had requested permission to interview Mejdal. He has been with the Orioles since 2018, after working for the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals.

Nov. 3, 11:12 a.m.

The Mets have interest in former Yankees executive and Angels GM Billy Eppler for their head of baseball operations vacancy, three league sources told SNY's Andy Martino.

Eppler has not yet interviewed, per Martino.

According to Martino, Boston Red Sox assistant GM Raquel Ferreira is interviewing this week, and the Mets have also requested permission to interview Baltimore Orioles assistant GM Sig Mejdal.

Nov. 2, 8:38 p.m.

After The Athletic reported that Orioles assistant GM Sig Mejdal was on the Mets' radar, Jon Heyman of MLB Network later reported that the Mets have indeed requested permission from Baltimore to interview him.

Mejdal, a former NASA biomathematician, broke into baseball in the early 2000s thanks to his analytical approach. After spending time with both the St. Louis Cardinals and Houston Astros, Mejdal joined Mike Elias when he became the Orioles GM in November 2018.

Nov. 2, 1:11 p.m.

Twins assistant GM Daniel Adler, one of the candidates on the Mets' radar, "doesn't feel ready to leave Minnesota," reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Per Martino, Adler's decision doesn't seem to be about the Mets, but his own situation.

Nov. 1, 6:12 p.m.

The Red Sox have granted the Mets permission to speak with executive vice president and assistant GM, Raquel Ferreira, SNY's Andy Martino reports.

Martino reported over the weekend that Ferreira was among candidates the Mets requested permission to interview, and they've got it now.

Ferreira is just the fourth female to hold the title of assistant GM alongside the likes of Kim Ng, Jean Afterman and Elaine Weddington Steward.

In 2020, she was in her 22nd year with the Red Sox, working directly with chief baseball officer, Chaim Bloom, as they built an ALCS-bound Sox squad. She's worked her way through the ranks in Boston.

Oct. 28, 10:41 a.m.

San Francisco Giants executive vice president Brian Sabean has not been on the Mets' radar during their search, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Sabean, who has made his interest in the Mets job known, has been working on strategic initiatives as a senior advisor and evaluator for San Francisco since 2019.

Sabean's advisory role followed his stint holding the top baseball job from 1997 to 2018, during which the Giants won the World Series three times (2010, 2012, 2014).

Oct. 27, 4:26 p.m.

The Mets reached out to the St. Louis Cardinals last week for permission to speak with GM Michael Girsch about their head of baseball operations position, with Girsch deciding to stay with the Cards, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Girsch, 44, has been the Cardinals' GM since 2017.

Oct. 27, 11:57 a.m.

Milwaukee Brewers GM Matt Arnold has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Mets' president of baseball operations job, according to multiple reports.

Per SNY's Andy Martino, the Brewers denied the Mets permission to speak with Arnold, with the Mets initially wondering if Milwaukee would reconsider.

According to Martino, the Mets and Arnold never spoke.

Later Wednesday, Jon Heyman reported that Arnold will be signing an extension with the Brewers.

Oct. 26, 11:31 a.m.

The Mets are considering "one or two internal candidates," SNY's Andy Martino reported on Oct. 25.

Per Martino, Bryn Alderson -- Sandy Alderson's son, who was recently promoted to assistant GM -- is not among the internal candidates.

Mike Puma of The New York Post reported on Oct. 26 that assistant GM Ian Levin and VP of amateur and international scouting Tommy Tanous have been discussed for the top baseball job.

Oct. 25, 8:15 p.m.

Giants GM Scott Harris and Dodgers executive Brandon Gomes can likely be crossed off the list, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

On Monday, Martino reported that Mets owner Steve Cohen interviewed Harris last week. While neither Cohen nor Harris confirmed the conversation, Martino reported that people with knowledge of the situation do not believe Harris will leave the Giants for the Mets.

Gomes, meanwhile, caught the Mets' attention but "has always seemed unlikely to leave his current job," Martino added.

"One or two internal candidates" are also being considered, per Martino.

Oct. 25, 11:41 a.m.

After some regrouping following Billy Beane's withdrawal from the process, the Mets' front office search is ongoing, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Per Martino, the Mets are doing due diligence on and in some cases almost certainly speaking to young executives around the league.

Martino recently listed San Francisco Giants GM Scott Harris and Milwaukee Brewers senior VP and GM Matt Arnold among the executives the Mets are considering.

Oct. 20, 10:31 a.m.

With Billy Beane's name off the table as well as David Stearns, the Mets must move on.

According to The New York Post’s Mike Puma, Tampa Bay Rays VP of baseball development Peter Bendix could be a name to watch.

Puma also mentions Los Angeles Dodgers SVP of baseball operations Josh Byrnes and assistant GM Brandon Gomes, and others.

Oct. 18, 2:20 p.m.

Billy Beane has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Mets' job, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.

SNY's Andy Martino recently reported that it was increasingly unlikely the Mets would be able to speak with Beane or Brewers president of baseball ops, David Stearns.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported earlier on Oct. 18 that Milwaukee denied access to the Mets to speak to Stearns.

Oct. 18, 11:07 a.m.

The Milwaukee Brewers have denied the Mets' request to interview president of baseball operations David Stearns, reports Joel Sherman of The New York Post.

Sources recently told SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino that it appeared increasingly unlikely that the Mets would obtain permission to hire Stearns or Oakland Athletics executive vice president Billy Beane.

Oct. 16, 8:35 p.m.

Sources told SNY's Andy Martino that with David Stearns and Billy Beane looking unlikely, the Mets could pivot to a search for a young general manager-type who could assume the GM title or president of baseball operations -- if that title is needed to gain interview permission.

Oct. 15: 11:42 a.m.

During the Milwaukee Brewers' end-of-season news conference, president of baseball operations David Stearns was asked about interest other teams could have in hiring him.

"I’m happy here," Stearns told reporters. "My family is happy here. And we’ve got work to do here."

Stearns, 36, has one year left on his deal with the Brewers, meaning any interested team would need permission to speak with him about a job opening.

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Oct. 13 that the belief around the league is that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio will do what it takes to keep Stearns.

A very well-placed source told Martino that a Stearns/Mets marriage is “highly unlikely.” But they don’t yet know for sure.

Oct. 13, 1:09 p.m.

Oakland Athletics EVP Billy Beane remains of significant interest to the Mets, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who adds that "there is clearly the most heat" around Beane at the moment.

The Mets are also interested in Los Angeles Dodgers executives Josh Byrnes and Brandon Gomes, per Martino.

Martino reports that Byrnes and Gomes would both likely be allowed to interview with the Mets, but that the Dodgers could promote Gomes to GM if he received an offer elsewhere.

Oct. 13, 12:27 p.m.

Paul DePodesta, who worked in the Mets' front office under Alderson before leaving to take a job with the Cleveland Browns, will not be in the mix.

DePodesta's name had been floated in an unsubstantiated Tweet, but he told The New York Post that he will not be leaving his job with the Browns.

Oct. 12, 8:51 p.m.

According to SNY contributor John Harper, two long-time friends of Billy Beane say that the A's exec is "very much open to the idea" of joining the Mets as their head of baseball operations.

Harper notes that Beane would hire a new GM to handle the day-to-day baseball responsibilities, a move that is highly expected by whoever comes on as the head of baseball ops.

SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino has previously reported that there continues to be optimism that Beane is a real possibility for the Mets.

Oct. 8, 3:36 p.m.

A name the Mets have discussed for a front office position is Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Brandon Gomes, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

The Dodgers are currently playing in the NLDS, and the Mets will not ask any team for permission to speak with an executive until that team is done with the playoffs.

Gomes, 37, initially joined the Dodgers as their pitching coordinator of performance. He was promoted to director of player development in 2017 and promoted to vice president and assistant GM in March of 2019.

Gomes, who pitched in the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011 to 2015, is a native of Massachusetts.

Oct. 6, 11:19 a.m.

The Mets will not be hiring Theo Epstein as their head of baseball operations, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

"Steve (Cohen) and Theo spoke," a source familiar with the conversation told SNY. "They had a good conversation and both agreed that this was not the right opportunity."

Per Martino, there continues to be optimism that Oakland Athletics president Billy Beane is a real possibility. Milwaukee Brewers president David Stearns is considered a long shot.

Oct. 5, 2:27 p.m.

The Mets plan to speak with Theo Epstein about the position soon, with those talks potentially happening this week, reports Mike Puma of The New York Post.

Epstein has been working in the MLB Commissioner's Office this season after stepping down as the Chicago Cubs' president of baseball operations last November.

SNY's Andy Martino recently reported that Epstein's baseball credentials “would certainly intrigue” Steve Cohen.

Oct. 4, 4:49 p.m.

Oakland Athletics EVP Billy Beane was asked on Monday about reports linking him to the Mets.

"There’s no need to really respond to those," Beane said during a Zoom with reporters. "I’d be here all day I think."

Added Beane:

"This has happened through my career. It's a credit to the organization. It's all speculation. For me to worry about this and lend credibility to it, it's all just press reports."

Asked specifically whether the Mets had asked permission to speak with the A's about him, Beane said he "wouldn't even know."

SNY's Andy Martino has reported that Beane, Milwaukee Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, and former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein are among the candidates on what will be a small list of those considered for the Mets' top baseball job.

Oct. 2, 9:04 p.m.

The Mets will “soon” contact Theo Epstein about the job and plan to request to interview Billy Beane and David Stearns, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Sept. 21, 4:09 p.m.

Billy Beane is a top target, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says Beane is appealing to Mets president Sandy Alderson because of their long history together and intriguing to Steve Cohen because of his "reputation as a disrupter and innovator."

Per Martino, the Mets are not yet sure if they will be able to obtain permission to interview Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, though they almost certainly will seek it.

As far as Theo Epstein, Martino reports that he could "become more central" to the Mets’ search if they are unable to secure permission to speak with others.

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