Here is the latest on the Mets‘ search for a new head of baseball operations…
Oct. 15: 11:42 a.m.
During the Milwaukee Brewers’ end-of-season news conference, president of baseball operations David Stearns was asked about interest other teams could have in hiring him.
“I’m happy here,” Stearns told reporters. “My family is happy here. And we’ve got work to do here.”
Stearns, 36, has one year left on his deal with the Brewers, meaning any interested team would need permission to speak with him about a job opening.
SNY’s Andy Martino reported on Oct. 13 that the belief around the league is that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio will do what it takes to keep Stearns.
A very well-placed source told Martino that a Stearns/Mets marriage is “highly unlikely.” But they don’t yet know for sure.
Oct. 13, 1:09 p.m.
Oakland Athletics EVP Billy Beane remains of significant interest to the Mets, reports SNY’s Andy Martino, who adds that “there is clearly the most heat” around Beane at the moment.
The Mets are also interested in Los Angeles Dodgers executives Josh Byrnes and Brandon Gomes, per Martino.
Martino reports that Byrnes and Gomes would both likely be allowed to interview with the Mets, but that the Dodgers could promote Gomes to GM if he received an offer elsewhere.
Oct. 13, 12:27 p.m.
Paul DePodesta, who worked in the Mets’ front office under Alderson before leaving to take a job with the Cleveland Browns, will not be in the mix.
DePodesta’s name had been floated in an unsubstantiated Tweet, but he told The New York Post that he will not be leaving his job with the Browns.
Oct. 12, 8:51 p.m.
According to SNY contributor John Harper, two long-time friends of Billy Beane say that the A’s exec is “very much open to the idea” of joining the Mets as their head of baseball operations.
Harper notes that Beane would hire a new GM to handle the day-to-day baseball responsibilities, a move that is highly expected by whoever comes on as the head of baseball ops.
SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino has previously reported that there continues to be optimism that Beane is a real possibility for the Mets.
Oct. 8, 3:36 p.m.
A name the Mets have discussed for a front office position is Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Brandon Gomes, SNY’s Andy Martino reported.
The Dodgers are currently playing in the NLDS, and the Mets will not ask any team for permission to speak with an executive until that team is done with the playoffs.
Gomes, 37, initially joined the Dodgers as their pitching coordinator of performance. He was promoted to director of player development in 2017 and promoted to vice president and assistant GM in March of 2019.
Gomes, who pitched in the majors with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2011 to 2015, is a native of Massachusetts.
Oct. 6, 11:19 a.m.
The Mets will not be hiring Theo Epstein as their head of baseball operations, SNY’s Andy Martino reported.
“Steve (Cohen) and Theo spoke,” a source familiar with the conversation told SNY. “They had a good conversation and both agreed that this was not the right opportunity.”
Per Martino, there continues to be optimism that Oakland Athletics president Billy Beane is a real possibility. Milwaukee Brewers president David Stearns is considered a long shot.
Oct. 5, 2:27 p.m.
The Mets plan to speak with Theo Epstein about the position soon, with those talks potentially happening this week, reports Mike Puma of The New York Post.
Epstein has been working in the MLB Commissioner’s Office this season after stepping down as the Chicago Cubs’ president of baseball operations last November.
SNY’s Andy Martino recently reported that Epstein’s baseball credentials “would certainly intrigue” Steve Cohen.
Oct. 4, 4:49 p.m.
Oakland Athletics EVP Billy Beane was asked on Monday about reports linking him to the Mets.
“There’s no need to really respond to those,” Beane said during a Zoom with reporters. “I’d be here all day I think.”
“This has happened through my career. It’s a credit to the organization. It’s all speculation. For me to worry about this and lend credibility to it, it’s all just press reports.”
Asked specifically whether the Mets had asked permission to speak with the A’s about him, Beane said he “wouldn’t even know.”
SNY’s Andy Martino has reported that Beane, Milwaukee Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, and former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs executive Theo Epstein are among the candidates on what will be a small list of those considered for the Mets’ top baseball job.
Oct. 2, 9:04 p.m.
The Mets will “soon” contact Theo Epstein about the job and plan to request to interview Billy Beane and David Stearns, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network.
Sept. 21, 4:09 p.m.
Billy Beane is a top target, reports SNY’s Andy Martino, who says Beane is appealing to Mets president Sandy Alderson because of their long history together and intriguing to Steve Cohen because of his “reputation as a disrupter and innovator.”
Per Martino, the Mets are not yet sure if they will be able to obtain permission to interview Brewers president of baseball operations David Stearns, though they almost certainly will seek it.
As far as Theo Epstein, Martino reports that he could “become more central” to the Mets’ search if they are unable to secure permission to speak with others.