In a not very surprising move the Mets announced today that they have hired J. P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to new general manager Sandy Alderson. Though it’s not surprising the team reached out to Ricciardi it does seem to put John Ricco’s status as general manager in waiting into question.
Ricciardi had apparrently been weighing offers from both the Mets and Red Sox. The allure of working with Alderson again (the two worked together in Oakland for several years) was apparently stronger than that of working closer to his Massachusetts home.
In other unrelated news it’s been made public that Razor Shines will not be part of the coaching staff next year. This was an expected move as Shines is a Jerry Manuel man.