CARLSBAD, California, USA – New York Mets president Sandy Alderson said one of the biggest impediments to hiring a new general manager is not his presence or that of owner Steve Cohen, but pressure and scrutiny. what it means to work on a team in New York.
“I think it’s mostly being in New York and not about Steve or the organization or another situation,” Alderson said Tuesday. “It is a big market and many people prefer to be elsewhere.”
Alderson said the team has considered several candidates for the vacancy, but does not have any interviews scheduled during general managers meetings this week in Southern California. He hopes to have some clarity by the end of the week, but does not want to give a deadline for when the search for New York will end.
“I don’t want to give you a deadline,” he said. “We have already passed what most people would say is a reasonable time.”
The Mets fired interim general manager Zach Scott on November 1, two months after he was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Scott had been promoted in January after Jared Porter was fired less than 40 days after he took office following the revelation that he had sent explicit text messages and pictures to a reporter in 2016 while working with the Chicago Cubs.
Porter and Scott were hired in the previous offseason after Alderson and Cohen did not find the ideal candidate for the position of president of operations. Alderson noted that the club has run into similar difficulties after the end of last season.
Alderson indicated that some candidates did not receive permission from their current clubs to attend the interview, while others declined because they are personally or professionally comfortable.
But he thinks New York keeps people away.
The Mets also don’t have a manager after firing Luis Rojas last month and Alderson said they will wait until they have a general manager to continue the search.