Matt Ehalt of The Record reported on Wednesday that the New York Mets had broadened their search a bit wider for their currently vacant general manager position, possibly turning their sights on to current Dodgers vice president of baseball operations, Josh Byrnes.
On Thursday, Ehalt clarified his reports, confirming that “[the] Mets have asked for permission to speak to Byrnes. Sides have not talked yet but it’s a possibility”.
Byrnes previously made stops in Arizona and San Diego as general manager, and in Boston and Colorado’s front offices. He was one of two finalists for the Mets’ GM position in 2010, with New York opting to hire Sandy Alderson.
He’s been in Los Angeles’ front office since 2015, overseeing the franchise’s reemergence as a perennial contender.
Though, Dodgers’ ownership conducts business a bit differently than the Wilpons do here in Queens, Byrnes is a well-respected and largely successful MLB executive. He would be a solid hire, in this writer’s opinion.
The Mets have cast a wider net that most expected them to in the quest to fill out their front office — hopefully, this due diligence pays off.