New Mets’ GM must hit the ground running with a long offseason

Another day has gone with no Mets announcement that they had concluded on the next person to run the club’s baseball operations department.

But once the new General Manager is finally employed, he or she must hit the ground running, with less than three weeks remaining until a potential work stoppage across the league, unless a new collective agreement is reached before 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 1 and online casino au will be keeping an eye on that date.

Even without the deadline looming, and the freeze on the player deal that would follow immediately, there’s a long to-do list awaiting the incoming general manager, who is yet to be determined as of the weekend. Adam Cromie, former Nationals Assistant GM, who met with the owner of Mets Steve Cohen a few weeks ago, and former Angels GM Billy Eppler leads the search, which has been going on for over six weeks.

Among the opening orders of business for the incoming GM will be finding a manager for the team and filling out the technical staff. Only Jeremy Hefner, pitching coach, remains from Luis Rojas’ 2021 coaching staff.

President of the Team Sandy Alderson, who has been serving as General Manager since September, noticed that there wouldn’t be much vying for a manager because the Athletics are the only other side currently without a manager, but employing the rest of the coaching staff could present more issues.

Alderson told the media at the General Manager’s meetings this week, "There’s a little concern about the coaching staff, there’s been a run on hitting coaches this offseason. Everyone has been looking. The same conditions don’t apply to the coaches as easily as they do to a manager. On the other hand, major league jobs are difficult to find. There aren’t that many of them, and I’m confident we’ll end up with a coaching staff we like."

The new General Manager will also have to get used to working with Alderson and Cohen, who play games on online real money casinos, on determining the plan for the team for free agents and possible transfers — whether they occur before a likely lockout or after.

While Alderson disclosed that the new executive will be faced with lots of payroll flexibility, he looked wary of bringing in free agents who turned down qualifying offers, which would cost the team their 2nd first-round draft pick. Free agents who should decline the qualifying bid and could figure to be of keen interest to the Mets include Justin Verlander, Nick Castellanos, and Robbie Ray.

Alderson said, "Our first instinct would be to protect those draft picks, as I’ve said, as Steve’s said, we’re in this for the long haul. We want to improve the team to the point that it’s sustained success once it’s achieved. We’ve got to be careful."

Alderson said, "I think that will depend on who the general manager is and what level of experience they have, I will be available. I won’t be omnipresent but certainly would expect to be available and provide whatever insight I can. That’s also a function of not just level of experience, but also time, so that I might be more involved in conversations or in consultation or advice early, rather than late. As this person becomes more familiar with the organization, more comfortable in the role, I would expect that my involvement would diminish."

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