Heyman Speculates on Mets’ Next GM, LaRocque Emerges as Candidate

Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports presented eight potential candidates for the presumed-to-be vacant New York Mets general manager position.

When longtime Mets GM Sandy Alderson stepped down in June due to a recurrence of cancer, the organization named assistant GM John Ricco, special assistant J.P. Ricciardi (both hires and confidants of Alderson), and former Mets GM Omar Minaya as the group to lead the way through the end of this season.

The Mets remained surprisingly quiet at the July 31 trade deadline, only moving soon-to-be free agents Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera.

They neglected to move catcher Devin Mesoraco, acquired from Cincinnati in the Matt Harvey trade in May and is a free agent after the season, or waiver-wire pickup, Jose Bautista.

Mesoraco and Bautista were both reportedly drawing interest, but the team apparently thought they would serve better as placeholders for the rest of the year, or at least through the August 31 waiver deadline (Bautista is hitting .048/.231/.048 since August 1; Mesoraco is at .167/.333/.417).

The organization hasn’t confirmed whether they would hire from within or not for their permanent hire, but a source (Heyman) believes that “the next general manager will more than likely than not come from outside the organization”.

The potential replacements that Heyman lays out in the above-linked article can be characterized as being exciting possibilities to being, quite frankly, meh.

The first candidate he listed was Ben Cherington, former Red Sox GM and current Blue Jays vice president of baseball operations.

It was reported last month that the Mets had interest in Cherington. Yesterday, in an article by Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Cherington spoke about a possible move to the Mets.

“Honestly, I’ve been completely focused on my job with the Blue Jays…I’m not shutting the door on anything,” he said. “If something is presented to me, I’ll evaluate it and see if it’s something I want to do. But I love my job here.”

That seems like something to keep an eye on.

Heyman also lists former D-Backs and Padres general manager, Josh Byrnes. He notes that Byrnes was “runner-up to Alderson back when he was hired, so Mets people know him and like him”.

Jed Hoyer is another name he brought up. Hoyer is currently the Chicago Cubs GM under Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations for the Cubbies. Heyman questions “whether Hoyer would want the job, or whether [the Cubs would] let him go”.

The same could be said for Cleveland general manager Mike Chernoff, who “may also not be let out of his deal if he even wants to go.” Chernoff is a New Jersey native and, as per Heyman, “is well-respected and has the low-revenue [Indians] in first place yet again”.

Jared Porter is currently the assistant GM for the D-Backs under GM Mike Hazen. They’ve put together a fine young team in Arizona. Heyman notes that “his [reputation] is growing, and he will be a GM before long”.

Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns, a former Mets intern hired my former GM Omar Minaya, is listed as a possibility, but Heyman also feels that this could be a long shot.

“[Stearns] grew up a Mets fan, but there’s considerable doubt as to whether he’d go — or whether Brewers owner Mark Attanasio would let him go.”

The last two candidates that Heyman named were Dan Duquette, current Baltimore Orioles GM, and Doug Melvin, former Milwaukee general manager. These would be those “meh” possibilities I spoke of earlier.

On Thursday afternoon, Mike Puma of the New York Post mentioned Gary LaRocque, currently director of player development for the Cardinals, as another possible target.

He was the Mets scouting director from 1998 through 2003, overseeing the drafting of some guy named David Wright (2001).

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