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Billy Beane may be interested in joining Mets' front office

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There has been speculation Theo Epstein could join the Mets front office, but close friends of longtime A's exec Billy Beane say that he "would be interested in taking on the Mets mess," according to Bill Madden of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Sources said that Beane, the father of “Moneyball," has "finally grown weary of playing 'Don Quixote' in Oakland, fielding competitive Athletics teams year after year in spite of severe payroll constrictions." One of Beane's friends said of his interest in the Mets, “In so many ways, this is a natural for Billy. He started his whole major league career as a Mets first round draft pick in 1980. For all his success as a GM, the one thing that has eluded him and a place in the Hall of Fame is a World Series championship. With the Mets he would finally have the resources to achieve that." Madden wrote in many ways, Beane "checks the Mets boxes more than Epstein." Mets President Sandy Alderson is the "man who groomed Beane in Oakland and the two have maintained a good relationship over the years." Beane also "figures to come far cheaper than Epstein." It also "can't be overlooked" that Mets acting GM Zack Scott, placed on administrative leave last week for a DWI, and his Mets predecessor Jared Porter, ousted for harassing a female reporter in Chicago, "previously had worked together in the Fenway frat house after having been given their first jobs in baseball by Epstein" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/5).

OTHER NAMES TO WATCH: THE ATHLETIC's Jim Bowden writes Cohen "should pursue" Epstein, Rays Senior VP/Baseball Operations & GM Erik Neander and Twins President of Baseball Operations Derek Falvey. Epstein is the "obvious choice." He won World Series with the Red Sox and Cubs, and one can "envision him hitting the trifecta with the Mets on his way to the Hall of Fame." Neander "should be second on Cohen’s list because he’s outperformed every executive in baseball since the Rays hired him" as Senior VP & GM in '16. The Rays have "become MLB’s model organization, so much so that big-market teams continue to tap their front office for key hires." The Mets "probably would have the most difficulty just getting permission to talk with Falvey, because he’s Minnesota’s president of baseball operations and this would be a lateral move." Still, he has a "special ability to blend analytics, scouting, makeup and science in player-evaluation decisions" (THEATHLETIC.com, 9/7).

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