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Mets, J.P. Ricciardi Agree To Part Ways

November 09, 2018 - 4:36 pm
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By WFAN.com

The Mets front office was expected to go through some changes following the hiring of Brodie Van Wagenen as general manager.

On Friday, New York announced the first significant departure of Van Wagenen's tenure in Queens, as the team and J.P. Ricciardi have mutually agreed to part ways.

Ricciardi served as Special Assistant to the General Manager, and was part of the three-man team that replaced Sandy Alderson during the 2018 season, along with John Ricco and Omar Minaya.

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“The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward,” Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon said in a press release. “He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away. ”

Ricciardi joined the Mets in 2010 after serving as general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001-2009.

In a statement released by the team, Ricciardi thanked the Wilpons for the opportunity to be a part of the franchise.

"I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York," Ricciardi said. "Additionally I want to thank Sandy for originally bringing me to New York and serving as a great mentor and an even better friend. Helping the Wilpon family towards their goal of making the Mets a successful franchise year in and year out was an honor. I'm looking forward to my next chapter and will continue to wish Brodie and the rest of the organization success."

Minaya is expected to return to the Mets as a top advisor to Van Wagenen, while Ricco's future with the team is still unclear. 

In addition, Ruben Amaro Jr., who has served as the team's first base coach for the last three seasons, will transition back into the front office as another one of Van Wagenen's advisors.

Amaro spent 17 years in the Phillies' front office prior to joining the Mets.