What we’re hearing about the Mets’ executive search

The Mets’ 2021 season ended three and a half weeks ago in Atlanta, where the middle games of the World Series will be played this coming weekend. The general managers’ meetings are two weeks away, and New York doesn’t yet have its top baseball decision-maker.

How’s it going on that front?

Multiple sources have confirmed what was initially reported by the New York Post on Tuesday: That current Milwaukee Brewers general manager Matt Arnold is a candidate for the Mets’ president of baseball operations job. However, reports of continued dialogue or an offer are — as of Wednesday morning — premature. At this stage, New York has merely requested permission from the Brewers to speak with the 42-year-old.

Although the Mets would be interviewing Arnold for a promotion from GM to president of baseball operations, they still need to be granted permission from Milwaukee to do so. It is more common in the industry for permission to be granted for an upward move than for a lateral one, like David Stearns’ move from Milwaukee to Queens would have been. It is not, however, automatic. As of Wednesday morning, it was unclear both whether the Brewers would grant the Mets permission to speak with Arnold and, perhaps most importantly, whether Arnold would be interested in the top job in New York.

Arnold has been with the Brewers for the last six years, earning a promotion to general manager just last November. He worked for nine years with Tampa Bay before that and has also spent time with the Dodgers, Rangers and


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