Up next on the Mets’ to-do list, after the formal introduction of Brodie Van Wagenen on Tuesday, is figuring out the front-office hierarchy under the new general manager.
Of the three-man crew that served as interim GM for the previous four months, Omar Minaya is going to stay with the Mets, continuing in his role as a special adviser, a source said. Minaya, a former Mets GM, has been working as a special adviser for the past year.
The futures of assistant general manager John Ricco, who was passed over the last two times the Mets hired a GM, and J.P. Ricciardi, a special assistant to the GM and a Sandy Alderson hire, are not as clear.
Ricco, Minaya and Ricciardi began sharing the role of interim GM in June when then-GM Sandy Alderson took a leave of absence after a recurrence of cancer.
Van Wagenen said he wants at least two assistant GMs. For now, Ricco is the Mets’ only one, though “titles can be redefined,” Van Wagenen said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. Asked repeatedly about the trio, Van Wagenen stopped short of fully endorsing them. He did say it was “exciting” that Minaya, Ricco and Ricciardi were in town this week.
“And all three of those guys have a lot more experience on this side of the table than I do and I’m looking forward to having those conversations,” the former agent said. “I hope to have an existing group of people that are here and I hope to build around them, regardless of what the titles are.”
Jeff Wilpon, the Mets’ chief operating officer, said at the end of the season that he hopes all three remain with the Mets, although he left it up to the new GM. On Tuesday, he again said the decisions belonged to Van Wagenen.
“He’ll get into that. Today is Day 1,” Wilpon said. “I think he wants to sit down. He’s got a relationship — he doesn’t know J.P. as much, but he certainly knows John and Omar well. I believe he’s already talked to them a little bit.”