“Sandy Alderson’s primary agenda for his weekend visit to Southern California was to interview three more internal candidates for the Mets’ vacant manager’s job: Wally Backman, Chip Hale and Terry Collins. But Alderson is not finished with reshaping the front office, either. He was expected to make a pitch to Padres executive Paul DePodesta during his visit to San Diego, according to a person familiar with the situation.”
DePodesta is currently serving as an executive in the Padres organization.
Lennon also says with the General Managers Meetings beginning November 16, Alderson could feel having his front office in place is more important than hiring a manager by then, and if he is able to bring in DePodesta, it could be a boost for Terry Collins, who is currently serving as the Mets minor league field coordinator, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes Collins is a front-runner for the Mets managerial opening.
According to Lennon, the Mets were very impressed with Collins in his role in the minors, and also says DePodesta wanted to hire Collins when he was GM of the Dodgers in 2004 and 2005.
Like J.P. Ricciardi, the hiring of DePodesta would be a very serious move for the Mets. He didn’t fare very well as the GM of the Dodgers a few years ago, but he would bring a statistical approach to analyzing the players that the Mets simply haven’t had to this point, and as Ricciardi told Mike Francesa of WFAN on Thursday, combining DePodesta’s skill with the vast resources the Mets have, it’s a major opportunity for the Mets to transform their entire organization from top to bottom.
DePodesta and Ricciardi 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 it to evaluate amateur and professional players.
To learn more about DePodesta, check out his WikiPedia page here.