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Mets Preparing To Conduct Search For New General Manager

June 27, 2018 - 9:27 am
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By WFAN.com

It's looking more and more like Sandy Alderson won't return to the Mets' general manager office.

A day after Alderson announced he is taking an immediate leave of absence to focus on his battle with cancer, WFAN's Mike Francesa reported that the team will conduct an extensive GM search after the season.

A source told the New York Daily News' John Harper something similar, saying chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon will interview general manager candidates outside the organization.

Alderson, of course, hasn't resigned, but he indicated Tuesday he is prepared for the reality that his run as Mets GM could be ending soon.

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"If I were to look at it on the merits, I'm not sure coming back is warranted," he said. 

The Mets are 32-45 this season, 12 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East. They are 21-44 in their last 65 games.

Alderson, 70, helped bring the Mets to the World Series in 2015, but they appear to be on their way to missing the postseason for the sixth time in his eight seasons as GM.

Wilpon wouldn't discuss Alderson's future with the team Tuesday.

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"I'm just really concerned for Sandy's health and that he's back with his family and doing everything he can to make sure he weathers this storm the best he can," he said.

Alderson, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, said the cancer returned in April or May. He is currently undergoing treatment and expects to undergo surgery this summer. Alderson said his prognosis is good, but he added that the treatment and demands of the job have taken a toll on him.

Assistant general manager John Ricco and special assistants to the GM JP Ricciardi and Omar Minaya will split the duties in running the franchise's baseball operations.