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Mets interview Baird for GM position

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  October 11, 2010 04:49 PM

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The Mets today interviewed Red Sox executive Allard Baird for their vacant GM job.

Baird has been with the Red Sox since July 2006 as an assistant to GM Theo Epstein. He oversees professional scouting and is one of Epstein's lead advisers along with Ben Cherington.

Baird was GM of the Kansas City Royals from 2000-2006, having worked his way up from being a hitting coach in the minors. He is a native of Rochester, N.H.

The Mets have four main candidates: Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn, former Arizona GM (and Epstein assistant) Josh Byrnes and MLB executive Sandy Alderson.

The well-respected Alderson may be the top candidate if the Mets are willing to give him full control of their baseball operations.

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Meanwhile, the ever invaluable FanGraphs.com did a breakdown on injuries this season. One guess which team had the most.

And there there is this: The New York Post talked to Johnny Damon and he said the Tigers don't want him back and he would "love" to go back to the Yankees.

So, to review, Damon rejected a waiver deal to the Red Sox because of his commitment to the Tigers and now they don't want him back. Now he wants to go back to New York.

If JD comes back to Fenway Park next season, bring your earplugs.


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