Sandy Alderson will be the next general manager of the New York Mets, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
An announcement could come Friday, on the off day between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series.
Alderson, 62, has been considered the favorite to land the position since the outset.
SI.com first reported his selection Tuesday night.
Alderson led the Oakland Athletics to three straight World Series appearances, including the 1989 championship, while serving as general manager from 1983 to 1997. After a stint with Major League Baseball concentrating on umpiring and building the game internationally, Alderson served as chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres until resigning in March 2009 when that ballclub was purchased by a group headed by Jeff Moorad.
Alderson is supposedly a bright guy. (Go read Moneyball.) But, when I think of him, the first thing that comes to mind is that he was the guy who turned a blind-eye to a team full of juicers from 1986 to 1997 and then got rewarded for that when Bud Selig gave him a cushy job in with MLB. In any event, if he does a good job, I wonder if that will bother the Yankees Brian Cashman? Remember a few years back when Cashman was upset because some fan sent him an email that said “You’re no Theo Epstein”? What will happen now if the media starts to extol Alderson and use Cashman’s failures as a basis of comparison? Now, that could be interesting…