Sandy Alderson offered potential managerial candidates during his meetings with the Mets prior to being hired, but the process of getting permission and setting up interviews has not yet started, according to an organization source.
The consensus is that Alderson is more likely to hire a manager who has prior experience, is willing to follow a front-office-dictated plan and has Mets ties.
A list of logical candidates might include (although not all meet every criteria): Chip Hale, Clint Hurdle, Lee Mazzilli, Bob Melvin and Ken Oberkfell.
• Mets ownership is on the record suggesting they have no intention of altering the dimensions of Citi Field, but would amend that plan if a new GM came in that felt strongly otherwise. Word is that Alderson did not offer any complaints about the dimensions during his interviews, which suggests Citi Field will look the same in 2011. Still, Alderson has not offered any public thoughts on the subject. He was CEO of the San Diego Padres, who play in ultra-spacious Petco Park.
• Various reports indicate Paul DePodesta is a consideration to join Alderson in the Mets' front office. DePodesta is executive vice president of the Padres.