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Mets stay mum on final GM interviews

Mets owner Fred Wilpon speaks at a news

Mets owner Fred Wilpon speaks at a news conference. Credit: Errol Anderson, 2010

The Mets have made their general manager search transparent in the sense of revealing the six candidates and the interview rotation. But with the process narrowed to two this week, the team has been tight-lipped about its plans.

That continued after Josh Byrnes' second interview Monday with principal owner Fred Wilpon, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and president Saul Katz.

"Out of respect for the candidates and the ongoing process,'' Jeff Wilpon said in a statement, "we will have no further comment on the meeting."

Sandy Alderson, the favorite for the job, is next up today, with the Mets expected to make a decision on the new GM by the end of this week.

The only obstacle to a possible announcement is the World Series, which begins Wednesday and could extend through Nov. 4. The Mets could seek to have a news conference Friday, a travel day between Games 2 and 3. That seems to be the most likely scenario.

The choice between Byrnes, 40, and Alderson, 62, comes down to a new course of direction for the franchise. The removal of Omar Minaya stemmed from ownership's frustration with bloated contracts as well as a lack of discipline and accountability from the GM's office down to the clubhouse.

In addition, neither Jeff nor Fred Wilpon has any desire to be the public face of the organization. For that, they want a GM to handle the media on a regular basis, which Byrnes and Alderson are very capable of doing. The separation between the two candidates might be Alderson's reputation as a take-charge, straight-shooting executive, something the Mets could use during this transition period.

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