Baird leads off

Boston Red Sox scouting director Allard Baird opened the Mets' GM interview process Monday, meeting with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, acting GM John Ricco and other Mets executives.

Chicago White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn is due to interview Tuesday, followed by former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes on Wednesday.

Sandy Alderson, the former Oakland GM and San Diego president who is currently working for Major League Baseball, is due to interview at the end of the week.

The Mets do plan for a second round of interviews with finalists.