Ranking the top five MLB GM / GM openings


Steve Cohen moved closer to possession of the Mets this week. The eight-member property committee blessed him with a sale. That leaves the eight-member executive committee and the full ownership body as the last hurdles in baseball.These are not formalities. There is opposition to Cohen’s purchase. But the 7-1 vote from members of the owners committee indicates that it will be difficult to form the block of eight owners necessary to prevent Cohen from succeeding Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz at the top of the Mets hierarchy.

For fans of the Mets, this will kick start the engine on how Cohen shares his billions with attractive free agents like JT Realmuto and George Springer sitting in a market that many organizations are likely to abstain from, claiming the distress financial caused by COVID. Inside the industry – think, what’s in it for me – you wonder what Cohen is going to do with baseball operations and the CEO.

Cohen’s announcement that Sandy Alderson will be the team chairman signals a decrease or, more likely, the end of Brodie Van Wagenen’s reign as CEO, and possibly that of a few of his key subordinates.

In addition, Alderson was named president of the team in charge of not only baseball but also business operations. And the Mets business is going to require a lot of attention. Thus, Alderson is expected to not only hire a general manager to run the baseball department. A few executives have spoken out in anticipation that Cohen will follow the path set when Andrew Friedman took over baseball operations from the Dodgers after the 2014 campaign.

Friedman flooded the front office with talent with great pedigree from elsewhere, including Josh Byrnes and Farhan Zaidi – and later Alex Anthopoulos. This is another area where Cohen’s money could allow a zig as much of the industry is reluctant to respond to the loss of revenue by reducing front office staff, among others.

As for the manager, Luis Rojas is considered to have a better chance of surviving than Van Wagenen. Several sources pointed out that Rojas worked in the Mets organization for the eight years as CEO of Alderson and was viewed positively.

But whether it was the post of general manager or director, Mets jobs would become the most desirable jobs in the industry. It’s because the Mets have a solid base of players, that Cohen’s cash injection is moving forward and, as a former team manager put it, “There will be a feeling. [with the Wilpons out] a breath of fresh air.

At the moment, however, there are five combined positions for CEOs or managers. Before anything is determined with the Mets, here’s how I would rank them from most to least desirable:

1. Manager of the White Sox

It’s a roster, even more than that of the Mets, that is set to win, since Chicago has just made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. There are loads of young talent and early years, put in. evidence by Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert. Additionally, the financial spat of the last offseason to retain Jose Abreu and sign Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel signaled owner Jerry Reinsdorf hungry for another title.

But the first indicators are that he also longs for Tony La Russa, who led the White Sox from 1979 to 1986. Reinsdorf said letting La Russa go was one of his most regrettable decisions. Will it have the same feeling of bringing back someone who, yes, is a Hall of Famer, but who is also 76 years old and has not been successful for a decade? If that’s not La Russa, keep an eye out for AJ Hinch, whose suspension for ties to the Astros’ cheating scandal is in place after this season.

The Phillies' general manager position is attractive as the team have a proven manager in Joe Girardi (left).  The White Sox managerial job is also a coveted opening because of players like Lucas Giolito (right).
The Phillies’ general manager position is attractive as the team have a proven manager in Joe Girardi (left). The White Sox managerial job is also a coveted opening because of players like Lucas Giolito (right).Getty Images; AP

2. Red Sox Manager

Boston is considering a bit of rebuilding at a time when the Rays and Yankees are powerful, the Blue Jays are rising and even the Orioles are shaking a bit. But it’s the Red Sox, which means there will be talent and money here if needed, as well as a big fan base and a big story.

There is a strong buzz that Alex Cora, after a year of suspension for his ties to the Astros cheating scandal, will return. Otherwise, baseball director Chaim Bloom – of the Rays family tree – might lean towards a guy who grows with the roster, like Tampa Bay bench coach Mike Qutraro or Sam Fuld, director of integrative performance. baseball of the Phillies.

3. Phillies GM

About those Phillies… They’ve just had a historically bad year since the Survey Peninsula, which ultimately did convict Matt Klentak. This pen needs to be rebuilt. Realmuto must be resigned or replaced. The NL East is arguably the most competitive division of the majors – perhaps on the verge of getting tougher with the money Cohen injected. But whoever takes over will start with a legitimate 1-2 rotation of Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler, a proven manager of Joe Giardi and owner John Middleton’s financial commitment to chasing a title.

4. Tiger manager

Hinch and Cora are also on the line here – Hinch’s closeness to assistant general manager Scott Bream adds an additional tie. There are young talent, led by pitcher Casey Mize and slugger Spencer Torkelson, ready or nearly ready. There is an AL Central in which no team will join the financial super heavyweight category. So there is soon an avenue for steady growth and conflict.

5. Angels GM

Whoever takes over must complete the final year of Albert Pujols’ contract, Justin Upton’s last two, figure out exactly what Shohei Ohtani is and find around 6-8 pitchers for a team that wants to win now to stop wasting. Mike Trout’s. prime – and Anthony Rendon’s too. But if it takes another two years, Trout and Rendon will suddenly be out of their prime numbers. Do you want to be the GM, for example, who has to help Trout out of the center?

There is money and opportunity here, especially in an AL West which is very winnable over the next few years. But there is also an owner, Arte Moreno, who is going to be involved. So there’s a lot of variance here – the potential that it could be wonderful or terrible work. Dave Dombrowski, who has titles on his CV with the Marlins and Red Sox, is considered a favorite. But he bought a house in Nashville and could stay with the squad trying to bring a major league team to that city.


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