The Mets interviewed the sixth and likely final candidate for their general manager vacancy yesterday when they met with Blue Jays assistant general manager Dana Brown.

All that remains now is to bring in Sandy Alderson Thursday to complete his first interview and the Mets can decide on a smaller group of "select" candidates to bring in next week for the last round.

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It appears unlikely that group will include Rangers general manager Jon Daniels, whose team is busy with the American League Championship Series. Also, the Rangers have every intention of keeping the Bayside, Queens, native in Texas.

Daniels has an out in his contract that enables him to leave after this season, but Rangers owner Chuck Greenberg certainly made it sound as if he will convince Daniels to stay.

"We love him. And he loves us," Greenberg told "He's got a great situation. He's built a great team both in the front office and on the field. He's going to be with us. It will be a very short, easy discussion that will end well for Jon. And he deserves it."

The Mets plan to have Alderson speak again Thursdaywith chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and interim general manager John Ricco, as well as tour Citi Field, which he did not do in the first meeting. Alderson remains the favorite for the job, but the Mets do not expect to announce their new general manager until after the World Series.