Mets Part Ways With Special Assistant J.P. Ricciardi
Earlier this week, the Mets and Special Assistant J.P Ricciardi agreed to part ways after eight seasons. Ricciardi joined the Mets in 2010 after serving as the Blue Jays General Manager from 2001-2009. In 2018, Ricciardi served as part of the “three-headed monster” the Mets had in the GM’s office when Sandy Alderson stepped down. In a final statement to Mets fans, Ricciardi stated, “I want to express my gratitude to Fred and Jeff for giving me the opportunity to spend the last eight years in New York.”
J.P Ricciardi’s in the 2018 Season
Ricciardi spent his 2018 campaign as part of the General Manager group for the Mets. He worked with Omar Minaya and John Ricco to make executive decisions for the Mets this past season. Though his future does still remain uncertain, Oakland is one of the rumored landing spots for Ricciardi. When the announcement was made, Mets CEO Jeff Wilpon stated, “J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to step away.”
Future Outlook for the Mets Front Office
With Ricciardi now out and John Ricco’s future still up in the air, Omar Minaya is the only one from the “three-headed monster” that is guaranteed to be with the Mets in 2019. Brodie Van Wagenen, the new Mets General Manager, is set to make Minaya one of his top advisors. The decision on John Ricco is yet to be determined. The Mets Front Office has been under much scrutiny over the years for lack of spending of new players. The Mets new GM and eventual new staff will look to change that and prepare the Mets for 2019.
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