Mets Invite Alderson, Byrnes for Second-Round General Manager Interviews

The New York Mets will interview Josh Byrnes and Sandy Alderson for a second time as they seek a general manager to replace Omar Minaya, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said in a statement.

Byrnes, 40, will meet with Wilpon, team president Saul Katz and Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon on Oct. 25, the statement said. Alderson, 62, will be interviewed again Oct. 26.

Byrnes was general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2005 until this July. The Diamondbacks were 349-378 during his tenure, making the playoffs once. Byrnes was fired on July 2, when the Diamondbacks were 15 games out of first place in the National League West division.

Alderson was general manager of the Oakland Athletics from 1983 to 1997, building a team the won three American League pennants and the 1989 World Series title. Alderson has worked in the Major League Baseball commissioner’s office and most recently as chief executive of the San Diego Padres.

The Mets relieved Omar Minaya, 51, of his duties as general manager on Oct. 4. The team was 506-466 in Minaya’s six-year tenure.

The team also considered Allard Baird, Rick Hahn, Logan White and Dana Brown as candidates for the general manager position, Jeff Wilpon said.

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