The New York Mets should not wait until the offseason to name their next general manager. It’s time they select a candidate and let him get started.
All signs point to the New York Mets naming a new general manager for the 2019 season. However, the team is making a mistake by not hiring one now and letting him get started his work while this dreadful season dwindles down.
Sandy Alderson stepped away from the team after medical issues sidelined the former general manager. Thereafter, the Mets placed John Ricco, JP Riccardi, and Omar Minaya in charge as interim general managers for the rest of the year.
After inconsistent free agent signings and many drafts pick being bust, almost everyone agrees it’s time for a change.
One thing that does not make much sense; why are the Mets waiting to make this change?
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As this current regime trades away pieces like Jeurys Familia and Asdrubal Cabrera, one has to wonder what if the future GM wanted to keep those pieces or better yet get a better return. Bringing someone in now would benefit a team that’s already looking to next year to put them on a better path.
It is understandable that you would want your new GM to start the offseason on a clean slate. But let’s say the current people in place would have traded a big piece like Zack Wheeler or an even bigger piece like Jacob deGrom.
All of a sudden the general manager job looks less attractive to open candidates. Bringing in a new GM now would allow them to evaluate the talent in the system while they are actually playing as opposed to evaluating them during the offseason.
The Milwaukee Brewers hired their GM David Sterns in September of the 2015 season. Fast forward to 2017-2018, and the Brewers are one of the best teams in the National League after a small rebuild during the 2016 season.
It is not a foregone conclusion that this team would go from hopeless to championship contenders in a year timeframe. Give the next man up a chance to shape the team the way he wants it.
Believe it or not, the GM job will still be an attractive one. With this pitching staff, it makes it just a bit easier to build a stronger team. With the Mets on pace to have a high draft pick next year and an influx of international signing money, the new GM may be able to put together a quick turn around.
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Nonetheless, it won’t be an easy task for whoever is next in line for the job. The Mets can make it easier by letting him get to work now instead of coming in later.