BMF is a big fan of adding ex-Jays GM JP Ricciardi as a special assistant to Alderson.
I don’t think I’ve EVER been excited by a front office hire under a GM the way I am by Ricciardi. This is fantastic hire as we essentially get a second GM working in the Met front office.
I mean who would you rather have, Omar and Tony “No Shirt” Bernazard or Alderson and JP?
If you told me a month ago JP Ricciardi would be the Met GM I would’ve believed you so to add him as the number 2 guy seems like an almost coup.
JP left Beane’s A’s for an 8 year tenure in Toronto as GM that had it’s ups and downs. He never won the division but when you’re in the AL East it’s almost not fair.
On the plus side he did build baseball’s best pitching staff one season which is all the more impressive considering 38 games vs the yanks and Sox alone can sink a team ERA.
But the best part about this is the message its sends loud and clear. Sandy Alderson is assembling a team of top notch execs to lead the Mets into the future and I’m feeling more confident in the direction this team is headed by the day.
Bad news for Backman
According to Adam Rubin the Mets know some things about Backman that is not public info that will essentially preclude him from getting the managerial job.
Hmmmm, I wonder what that might be and I also wonder if Wally will get a courtesy interview anyway…..