NY Mets Rumors: Billy Beane, Bob Melvin duo is worth pursuing
By Tim Boyle
It’s not New York Mets rumors season just yet, however, some front office chatter has taken over the news cycle involving this team.
We know Zack Scott won’t be back as the general manager. A job he already had in jeopardy, his actions several weeks ago embarrassed the organization enough to not give him the benefit of the doubt moving forward. Not yet sealed is the fate of manager Luis Rojas. Likely headed out of town, his performance could also cost him his job.
Mets rumors about the future of the organization are beginning to swirl faster than a Mr. Softee. With Sandy Alderson expected to return as the team president, there is a lot of thought about two big hires he could make.
Mets rumors about a Billy Beane, Bob Melvin duo coming to Flushing should get you excited
Having previously worked with the Oakland Athletics, there’s an obvious connection between Alderson and these two potential future hires. Billy Beane has been the face of Athletics baseball for two decades. Melvin, the manager since mid-2011, has taken the team to the postseason six times. The club hasn’t gotten too far which could be a result of the organization’s frugal approach to spending.
It may come across as a walking contradiction to see Beane join the Mets organization with the powerful dollars of Steve Cohen available. But the Moneyball tactic isn’t just about being cheap. It’s more analytics-driven to get the most of your dollars.
In short, it’s the smartest way to manage an organization.
We’ve seen other teams take on these tactics. The Tampa Bay Rays are becoming the newest organization to compete every year with a low payroll and loads of talent. While we all assumed the Cohen-owned Mets would be Los Angeles Dodgers East, the hiring of Beane could make them more of a hybrid.
To embarrassingly quote an old Hannah Montana song: it’s the best of both worlds!
As Dayn Perry points out, it’s not as easy as offering Beane and Melvin the jobs. Because Beane has a small ownership stake with the Athletics, he would need to divest himself first. Then there’s the matter of asking for permission from the Oakland organization to join the Mets since it is a lateral move. Finally, would he be willing to work under Alderson?
Melvin has an option to manage the Athletics in 2022 but if they miss the playoffs, the pennywise organization could look to move on from one of the more expensive managers in baseball. After all, they haven’t done much beyond make the postseason a couple of times under his tutelage.
Nevertheless, these late September Mets rumors about the idea of adding experience to the front office and manager’s seat should get you giddy. Missing from the Mets has been this lack of a thick resume. You won’t find too many guys available with a better CV than Beane and Melvin.
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For the record, if they do make Moneyball 2: The Moneyballers Take Flushing, Billy Bob Thornton must play Beane. My wife’s top choice would be to bring Daniel Day-Lewis out of retirement. Which movie ends up better?