In an e-mail sent to fans today, Jeff Wilpon indicated that Sandy Alderson and Josh Byrnes are the finalists for the Mets GM vacancy.
We are bringing back Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews with Fred, Saul and me. Josh is scheduled for Monday and Sandy for Tuesday as we continue our search for the next General Manager of the Mets. John Ricco and I spoke personally with Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Logan White and Dana Brown earlier today to thank them for their interest and taking the time to interview with us. We will be back to you with more information regarding our new GM soon.
Hat tip Adam Rubin, among others.
While I really liked Rick Hahn's resume, I can't really complain about the final two. Alderson is well-respected throughout baseball but isn't really an old-school baseball mind. In other words, he's open to new ideas and intellectual honesty. Byrnes was the assistant GM for the Rockies under Dan O'Dowd and for the Red Sox under Theo Epstein. His resume while GM with the Diamondbacks was a mixed bag, but the time he spent with O'Dowd and Epstein should be a mark in his favor.
Would Jeff Wilpon favor Byrnes because he could more easily influence the younger GM, while Alderson probably has too much experience and gravitas to let Jeff get in his way?
AZ: Can you tell me which you weight more heavily, subjective (scouting) or objective (stats) analysis? When is one more likely to take precedence over the other?
JB: Generally, I'd say we try to blend both. If they're in argument with each other, it would probably make us move on to another player. But if you're talking about teenage players, whether it's high-schoolers here, or Latin American kids, obviously there's not a lot of statistical value, even in high-school statistics. I think statistics are more relevant, the closer they are to the major-leagues.