Report: Tigers say no

The Mets' request to speak with Detroit assistant GM Al Avila about the GM position has been declined by the Tigers, the Bergen Record reported.

If that's the case, the Tigers would join the Florida Marlins in declining permission for employees to interview in New York.

The Mets have conducted five first-round interviews, but have yet to meet with any minority candidates, which is a requirement.

The Mets are expected to conduct a second interview with Sandy Alderson as soon as Thursday, although a team official said he was unable to confirm that. More here.