Now that the Mets have disposed of Omar Minaya, they’ll need a general manager. Here’s a short list of candidates who have the baseball wherewithal to turn things around and the gumption to stand up to the Wilpons.
John Hart, age 62
The former Indians and Rangers GM now serves as the Rangers’ senior adviser and MLB Network analyst. He had great success in Cleveland, winning six of nine Central Division titles and going to the World Series in 1995 and ’97. His track record and recognized wisdom make him the favorite.
Gerry Hunsicker, 60
This would be a homecoming for the Rays’ senior VP of baseball operations, who served as the Mets’ assistant general manager before getting the GM job in Houston. He built a four-time division champ there that went to the World Series in 2005. A winner.
Sandy Alderson, 63
The former Athletics GM, pictured above, is now working with the commissioner’s office investigating corruption in the Dominican Republic after four years as San Diego’s CEO.
Josh Byrnes, 40
The young buck of the group, he’s available after his recent firing as GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Known for combining new-age comparative analysis with old-fashioned eyeball scouting to find talent.
Kevin Towers, 48
Currently the D-backs’ GM, formerly of the Padres, he has a talent for finding pitching gems. Think the Mets can use someone like that? Problem is, he just got there.