J.P. Ricciardi signs a three-year contract extension with the Mets

J.P. Ricciardi has signed a three-year contract extension to remain a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Ricciardi joined the Mets as a special assistant to the GM in November 2010.

Last month, Ricciardi told Cafardo he would return to the Mets as a Special Assistant in 2013, though he would be interested in returning to being a GM at some point during his career.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

So, I wonder if this means he’s the most likely person to take over for Alderson one day? If things go badly, I assume they’d all be asked to leave. But, if things are going well, and Alderson decides to step down, it’s understandable that he and Ownership would want to hand the keys to someone from Sandy’s team. Ricciardi did a very good job turning around Toronto’s farm system, but was fired as GM before those parts and pieces got to the big leagues, which you’re starting to see from the Blue Jays now. He gets good marks around the game for how he’s changed protocol in the Mets minor league system, as well, and we will soon start to see how these first two drafts begin to pan out…