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Is Sandy Alderson Assembling an All-Star Front Office?

Sandy Alderson may be hiring more than a manager in the coming weeks: J.P. Ricciardi, who worked for Alderson in Oakland before serving as the general manager of the Blue Jays, is under consideration for a job in the Mets front office — perhaps in a scouting capacity. (Ricciardi had worked as a scout in Oakland, and then as a special assistant. Currently, he works for ESPN.) And depending on which paper you read over the weekend, Alderson is either expected to bring in Paul DePodesta, the statistically savvy former GM of the Dodgers who looks absolutely nothing like Jonah Hill, or he's already decided to hire him. (Or perhaps Alderson will bring in Grady Fuson, a former top scout with the A's.) Alderson reportedly had reached out to Ricciardi and DePodesta before he'd even been introduced as the new Mets' GM, and though his managerial choice will be the first decision by which he should truly be judged, so far, he's apparently wasting no time laying the groundwork for a very different Flushing regime.

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Photo: Jeff Gross/Getty Images (DePodesta); Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images (Beane)