Fred Wilpon, left, and Jeff Wilpon


Report: Mets' GM Search Prompts Fierce Internal Debate

September 11, 2018 - 3:33 pm


According to the New York Post, an old school vs. new school debate is dividing the Mets during the team's search for a new general manager.

High-ranking members of the organization have drawn up separate lists of candidates based on whether they favor traditional scouting methods or modern analytics.

The Post reports that team owner Fred Wilpon prefers experienced candidates with backgrounds in player development and scouting, while COO Jeff Wilpon desires analytically-minded possibilities.

Fred Wilpon is understood to have the final say on who will succeed Sandy Alderson.

According to The Post, St. Louis Cardinals director of player development Gary LaRocque, Toronto Blue Jays assistant GM Tony LaCava, Tampa Bay Rays special assistant Bobby Heck and former Miami Marlins GM Dan Jennings are on the Mets' shortlist.

The Post also reports that former manager Terry Collins could be in line to assume a larger role in the organization, though he is not a GM candidate. Collins has spent the 2018 season as a special assistant to the GM.

Old school or new school? The Mets are going to need to choose an organizational direction soon.

It's unclear if Fred Wilpon can be coerced into following the trend of major league rivals placing a significant trust in new age analytics or if the Mets will continue favoring old school methods.