The New York Mets have finished their first round of interviews for their next general manager, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
The first round of interviewees that we know of are Kim Ng, Dave Littlefield, Gary LaRocque, Chaim Bloom, Doug Melvin and De Jon Watson. DiComo reports that the Mets will start the second round of interviews next week, but Watson will not be returning.
COO Jeff Wilpon and assistant general manager John Ricco conducted the first round of interviews. The second round is expected to be done by Jeff and Fred Wilpon.
DiComo also shoots down the speculation that the Mets hire two people of the group they interviewed. Instead, he believes only one will be hired as the president of baseball operations.
Multiple baseball sources have speculated that the Mets wouldn’t have the classic GM/president that is responsible for a wide variety of decisions covering different areas.
Instead, they will split the responsibilities of the 40-man roster, contract negotiations, player development, etc. between the new GM/president, Jeff Wilpon, Omar Minaya, Terry Collins, John Ricco and J.P. Ricciardi.