MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager and general manager changes around the Majors.
Report: Mets interview Young for GM job
Nov. 25: Mets team president Sandy Alderson clarified this week that the team will pivot to hiring a general manager instead of a president of baseball operations, citing several rival teams' unwillingness to part with some of the brightest names in the business. But one candidate who is not already tethered to a club is former big league pitcher Chris Young, who currently serves as MLB's senior vice president overseeing on-field operations and umpiring departments and is the sport's lead disciplinarian in the role previously held by Joe Torre.
The New York Post's Mike Puma reported that the Mets have interviewed Young for the GM role, making Young only the second known candidate after former Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill reportedly interviewed with the club earlier this month. The 6-foot-10 Young pitched in parts of 13 Major League seasons before retiring after the 2017 season. He notably faced New York in the '15 World Series as a member of the Royals, earning the win in Game 1 with three scoreless innings of relief. Young also made 24 starts in a Mets uniform across the 2011-12 campaigns.
Dodgers assistant GM in running for Phillies’ GM job
Nov. 21: Dodgers assistant general manager Jeff Kingston is a candidate for the Phillies’ GM job, sources told MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Kingston was also in the running for the Angels’ GM position before the team hired Perry Minasian.
Kingston is a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., which is about 130 miles west of Philadelphia. He joined the Dodgers in December 2018 after previously serving as assistant GM with the Mariners.
Philadelphia’s GM job opened up when the team parted ways with Matt Klentak. Ned Rice is serving as the team’s interim GM under president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail, who has already said he won’t return after the 2021 season.
Cohen on reported interview with Chernoff: 'Not that I'm aware of'
Nov. 20: Various reports this week linked the Mets to Indians general manager Mike Chernoff in regards to New York's open president of baseball operations position, but an interview between the two sides does not appear to be taking place -- at least for now. New Mets owner Steve Cohen replied directly to a fan on Twitter on Thursday and denied a report by MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi that New York was set to formally interview Chernoff, stating that he was unaware that any such interview was scheduled.
Chernoff has served as the Indians' general manager under president of baseball ops Chris Antonetti since 2015, helping to guide Cleveland to a good deal of success. Morosi reported Tuesday that the Mets had reached out to the Indians seeking permission to interview Chernoff but, per Cohen, that meeting is not imminent for now. Former Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill is the only candidate reported to have had a formal interview with the Mets to this point.
Morosi: Epstein not pursuing Mets, Phillies vacancies
Nov. 17: Soon after the shock of the Cubs' announcement that president of baseball operations Theo Epstein will be stepping down Friday came this question in many observers' minds: Did Epstein resign in order to pursue either the Mets' or Phillies' open president of baseball ops positions?
The answer appears to be no, at least for now. A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi immediately after the Cubs' announcement that Epstein intends to sit out of the 2021 season. More >
Report: Hill among first candidates in Phillies GM search
Nov. 16: More than six weeks after the Phillies reassigned former general manager Matt Klentak, the club appears ready to formally begin it's search for the next person to fill that role. The Athletic's Jayson Stark reports that former Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill is among the first candidates that Philadelphia will interview for its president of baseball operations position, and adds that the club will fill the GM position left vacant by Klentak at a later date.
Hill parted ways with the Marlins last month before Miami went on to hire Kim Ng as general manager last week. He also reportedly interviewed with the Mets last week and with the Angels before Los Angeles went on to hire Perry Minasian as its new GM.
The Phillies are looking to hire "a front-office equivalent" of field manager Joe Girardi, Stark reports, which likely means a candidate with deep experience and potentially someone who has won a World Series championship before.
Alderson: Rojas decision still TBD
Nov. 13: Newly hired Mets president Sandy Alderson joined MLB Network’s Chris Russo on Friday to elaborate on some of the storylines that emerged from the introductory press conference for he and new team owner Steve Cohen earlier in the week. Alderson is expected to at least hire a new president of baseball operations -- if not general manager as well -- in the coming weeks, and while he personally remains committed to keeping Luis Rojas as club manager, Alderson continues to leave the door open to opinions held by that incoming front-office hire.
“I don’t think it will prohibit [Rojas] from getting the job,” said Alderson of the Mets’ evolving front office, “but it will be one of the considerations that go into whether he gets the job. We’ve not made it a condition of any [general manager] interviewee to keep the manager. I’ve expressed publicly our hope that [Rojas] will remain the manager, and that will be one of the items we talk about in the course of an interview. But if a potential candidate has strong opinions about the manager, we’ll take all of that into account.”
As far as when the Mets will have their top front-office brass in place, Alderson said that the timetable for those hires “needs to be flexible.”
“I think it’s very possible that we could have someone before Thanksgiving,” he said, “and it’s possible to go a little longer than that. It really depends on how deep in the interview process we go. But we’re still functioning as a baseball front office.”
Minasian to be new Angels GM
Nov. 12: After a wide-ranging search that included roughly 20 candidates, the Angels announced Thursday that they have hired Braves assistant general manager Perry Minasian to be their general manager.
Minasian, the Braves' assistant GM and senior vice president of baseball operations, has been with Atlanta since September 2017. He was previously an executive with the Blue Jays for nine seasons, including serving as the team's scouting director and as a special assistant to the GM.
The Angels had narrowed down an extensive list of GM candidates to a group of five finalists, then two: Minasian and Mariners assistant GM Justin Hollander. More >
Report: Mets interview ex-Marlins president of baseball ops
Nov. 11: There has been a lot of buzz around the Mets of late, with new ownership signaling it will raise already high expectations for a winner in Queens, and players already responding -- Marcus Stroman, for example, has accepted the club's qualifying offer following an enthusiastic tweet expressing excitement for 2021. But there remains much to do before then, including hiring a president of baseball operations.
To that end, SNY's Andy Martino reports that the club interviewed former Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill last Saturday. Miami parted ways with Hill as his contract expired following the 2020 season, ending his 18-year tenure in the Marlins' front office. He has also reportedly interviewed for the Angels' general manager vacancy.
Mets job now headlines GM openings
Nov. 6: MLB's manager openings have now all been filled. But where one door closes, another door opens -- and that door is the Mets' general manager job.
Friday was a big day for manager and general manager news. On Friday morning, a source told MLB.com's Ian Browne that the Red Sox will bring back Alex Cora as their manager, which filled the last outstanding managerial vacancy. Later Friday afternoon, the Mets announced that GM Brodie Van Wagenen will not be returning under new owner Steve Cohen, creating a new and highly desirable GM opening.
The Mets' GM job is one of four open right now around the Major Leagues. The Angels, Phillies and Marlins are also looking to fill their GM or equivalent head of baseball operations roles.
The Mets opening could be the most attractive of the bunch, considering the New York market and a fresh regime under Cohen and Sandy Alderson, who is returning to the Mets as team president.
The club has plenty of options to consider for its next GM. SNY breaks down six potential candidates, including one internal option, Mets senior VP John Ricco, who was not among those announced as leaving the front office Friday. The other five candidates: A's assistant GM and director of player personnel Billy Owens, Rays special assistant to the GM Bobby Heck, MLB senior VP of on-field operations Peter Woodfork, D-backs senior VP and assistant GM Amiel Sawdaye and MLB senior VP of baseball operations (and former pitcher) Chris Young.
The Mets also announced Friday that in addition to Van Wagenen, special assistant to the GM Omar Minaya, vice president and assistant GM of scouting and player development Allard Baird, assistant GM of systematic development Adam Guttridge and executive director of player development Jared Banner will not return for the 2021 season. More >