With Paul DePodesta leaving for the Cleveland Browns, will J.P Ricciardi now take on a bigger role? Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that Ricciardi is open to it, even though he enjoys his current job as special assistant. Ricciardi has worked mostly with the minors and player development during his time with the Mets.
Formerly the GM of the Blue Jays from 2001 to 2009, Ricciardi has been with the Mets’ organization since 2010, and has a long history with both Sandy Alderson and DePodesta going back to his days in Oakland.
I’m very happy for Paul,” Ricciardi said. “He’s so unique in what he brought to the table for us. He’s a big loss, but we feel we have good people in place and some younger kids in our front office that can step in.”
Ricciardi says that Alderson will have a meeting this week with the Front Office to outline their new roles. He also defended the Mets’ offseason strategy, and hinted that there could be one more surprise before it’s all said and done.
“They weren’t sexy moves, but I think very effective moves,” Ricciardi said. “I think we’ve lengthened our lineup. We have a shortstop [Asdrubal Cabrera] who can hit right-handed pitching. We brought [Bartolo] Colon back. There are still guys out there. Who knows what could happen?”
Of course, one of the guys still out there is Yoenis Cespedes. At this point, it seems unlikely that he’ll come back, but Cafardo believes it’s still a possibility. The market for him, as well as Justin Upton, has been extremely soft and nobody appears to be willing to offer them the massive contracts they initially wanted. If their markets don’t start to pick up soon, it’s possible they could be had for bargains.
Speaking of players who are unlikely to return, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports that Juan Uribe is discussing a one year deal with the Indians. Uribe was a nice piece for the Mets during the second half, hitting .219/.301/.430 in 128 plate appearances with six homeruns. However, he’s no longer a fit due to the recent additions of Cabrera and Neil Walker.