The Mets have hired Paul DePodesta as Special Assistant to the General Manager, and he will serve as Vice President of player development and amateur scouting.
DePodesta had been serving as a special assistant to the baseball operations department for the San Diego Padres.
DePodesta and J.P. Ricciardi, who was hired by Mets GM Sandy Alderson as a special assistant last week, worked under A’s GM Billy Beane in Oakland, and are key figures in the book “Moneyball”, as DePodesta was an early adopter of sabermetrics as a tool to evaluate amateur and professional players.
In the press release Alderson says:
“Paul has one of the top analytical minds in the game and also has a strong background in more traditional aspects of player development and amateur scouting…He will help establish direction, standards and continuity in all areas of our player development domestically and internationally. Paul – working together with J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco – also will advise me generally on other matters related to baseball operations.”
DePodesta is very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with Alderson again, saying in the release:
“I am thrilled to reunite with Sandy during this exciting time for the Mets…I know first-hand the type of vision and leadership he brings to a franchise. This is a tremendous opportunity to help develop a winning culture for the Mets and our fans.”
In a report for Newsday, David Lennon says the hiring of the 37 year old DePodesta could help Terry Collins’ chances of becoming the next manager, who Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes is a front-runner to replace Jerry Manuel.
Wow. Like I said over the weekend, this is another serious move by Alderson and the Mets. He has added two very highly regarded people in J.P. Ricciardi and now DePodesta to his front office staff, both of whom have a strong history in scouting and talent evaluation. He, along with Ricciardi, brings a statistical and analytical approach to talent evaluation the Mets have never had, and I couldn’t be anymore excited for what the future holds with these people.
To learn more about DePodesta, check out his WikiPedia page here.