The Mets named Sandy Alderson and Josh Byrnes as the finalists for their vacant GM job.
Alderson and Byrnes will return for a second round of interviews next week. Byrnes is scheduled to visit on Monday and Alderson will follow on Tuesday.
Alderson, who built the strong Oakland A's teams that went to three straight World Series from 1988-90, remains the strong favorite to ultimately get the GM job. Alderson, 62, was considered a lock to be among the finalists invited back for the second round.
Byrnes is the former GM of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Mets' plan is to have a new GM in place by the end of the World Series.
Here is the official statement from Mets COO Jeff Wilpon:
“We are bringing back Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second round of interviews with Fred, Saul and me. Josh is scheduled for Monday and Sandy for Tuesday as we continue our search for the next General Manager of the Mets.
"John Ricco and I spoke personally with Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Logan White and Dana Brown earlier today to thank them for their interest and taking the time to interview with us.”