Mets hire San Diego Padres VP Paul DePodesta to join GM Sandy Alderson’s front office all-star team
BY Andy Martino
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Monday, November 8th 2010, 3:22 PM
Continuing their most sweeping overhaul in decades, the Mets hired Paul DePodesta as vice president of player development and amateur scouting on Monday. DePodesta, 37, who had been an executive VP with the San Diego Padres, joins his friends Sandy Alderson and J.P. Ricciardi in the dramatically remodeled front office.
“He has one of the top analytical minds in the game and will provide us with a different type of perspective,” Alderson said in a statement.
“Winning in New York is something special and for me I couldn’t think of a better place to be,” DePodesta said in a statement. “I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of what Sandy is trying to build with the Mets.”
Alderson has now hired two former general managers since replacing Omar Minaya as Mets’ GM late last month – and he already has onetime Cincinnati GM Wayne Krivsky on staff as a special adviser. Krivsky served in that role under Minaya. Ricciardi, GM of the Blue Jays from 2002 to 2009, came aboard last week as a special assistant. Assistant GM John Ricco remains an influential voice.
DePodesta graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1995 with a degree in economics. He was GM of the Dodgers from 2004-2005. Like Ricciardi and Alderson, he also spent s significant time in the stat-oriented Oakland A’s front office. DePodesta later worked for Alderson when the latter was CEO of the Padres. The new trio will benefit from familiarity with one another, as they attempt to quickly rebuild the Mets’ infrastructure and compete in a division new to all of them.
“He is very, very intelligent,” said one person who has worked with DePodesta. “He has a very analytical mind. He really sees the game in a different light, as far as how to evaluate people. Paul is also very personable, although you have to get to know him a bit to see that.”
Some in the Mets organization suspect that DePodesta’s hiring bodes well for the managerial candidacy of Terry Collins, the minor-league field coordinator who interviewed over the weekend. DePodesta wanted to hire Collins to manage the Dodgers in 2005; he was rebuffed and ultimately lost his own job. But multiple sources insisted Monday that no front-runner for manager had yet emerged. One major-league executive briefed on the Mets’ process said, “I don’t think any one person has an advantage or disadvantage right now. Any time you know someone it helps. Does that mean (Collins) has an advantage? Not necessarily.”
Interviews will resume Wednesday, when Red Sox coach DeMarlo Hale will meet with Alderson and other executives. Wednesday, former Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu and Texas hitting coach and former Colorado manager Clint Hurdle will interview at Citi Field. Wakamatsu Monday was named Toronto Blue Jays bench coach, but that did not preclude him from speaking with the Mets.