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NY Mets: Five general manager options to replace Brodie Van Wagenen

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen gets set to introduce Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen gets set to introduce Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager during a press conference at Citi Field on November 4, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 26: Assistant General Manager Bobby Heck of the Houston Astros during a press conference to announce the signing of infielder Nolan Fontana, who was selected by Houston in the second round of the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, at Minute Maid Park on June 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

5) Bobby Heck

If the Mets cannot have Erik Neander then maybe they can get one of his top lieutenants.

A rather unknown member of the baseball front office community, Bobby Heck is currently a special assistant to the GM with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was hired to that position in 2015 having been promoted from a special assignment scout within the Rays organization.

Heck is a great baseball mind that is highly respected around the league for his scouting acumen and his player development skills. This type of background would benefit the Mets greatly and the GM job for the Mets would be a much-deserved promotion.

He has also worked under a long list of great baseball minds like Chaim Bloom, who was a finalist for the Mets job in 2018 and is now the Red Sox GM, Erik Neander, Andrew Friedman, and Matt Silverman.

The experiences Heck has picked up along the way from working with these great men can only pay dividends as Mets GM.

Before going to Tampa Bay, Heck was the scouting director for the Houston Astros for five years spanning from 2007 to 2012. As scouting director for the Astros, he was responsible for drafting big-name players like George Springer and Carlos Correa.

Heck was also integral in the drafting of Jason Castro, J.D. Martinez, Mike Foltynewicz, and Preston Tucker.

Without a doubt, he knows baseball and he knows how to find talented baseball players. By no means would this be a bad pick for the Mets to be their new General Manager.

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