In today’s Daily News, Adam Rubin cites high-ranking, team personnel as saying John Ricco will ultimately emerge as the team’s next GM.
Ricco has been Minaya’s assistant GM since 2004.
I wrote the following yesterday, here, “If the Mets decide to let Minaya go, from what I understand, they’ll be most inclined to make Ricco the new GM, but pair him up with a strong, heavy-weight talent person, like a Gerry Hunsicker, and do like the Yankees did in the 90s, who teamed up a young business-mind in Brian Cashman with a veteran talent-mind in Gene Michael.”
In addition to Cashman, Rubin also points out how Rays GM Andrew Friedman, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein and Rangers GM Jon Daniels have similar academic, and not scouting, credentials, like Ricco.
…this is the new model, it seems… the game has changed, and the job of the GM is seemingly less eye-ball, talent evaluation, and more business, budgets, contracts, management, etc., though the talent end is still very much needed… and so, the new trend seems to be, to have a strong scouting and player development wing, which makes recommendations to the administrative GM, who then delegates and makes things happen… all while a separate person runs the off-field, stadium and marketing operations…
In his report, Rubin also looks at how much money the Mets will have to spend this off season, while detailing Ricco’s experience in baseball.
Speaking of management…
According to the Buffalo News, Omar Minaya said yesterday that Adam Wogan would temporarily replace Tony Bernazard.