The New York Mets announced today that the club and Special Assistant to the General Manager J.P. Ricciardi have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.
“The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward,” Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon said. “He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away. ”
“I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York,” Ricciardi said. “Additionally I want to thank Sandy for originally bringing me to New York and serving as a great mentor and an even better friend. Helping the Wilpon family towards their goal of making the Mets a successful franchise year in and year out was an honor. I’m looking forward to my next chapter and will continue to wish Brodie and the rest of the organization success.”
Ricciardi is free to immediately search for opportunities with other clubs.
Ricciardi, 59, joined the Mets organization on November 2, 2010, when he was named a Special Assistant to then-General Manager Sandy Alderson. Prior to his time in New York, he served as the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001-2009.
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported earlier in the day that Ricciardi was likely leaving the Mets to join the Oakland Athletics.