Source: Ricco won't replace Minaya

NEW YORK -- If Omar Minaya is reassigned after the season, deputy John Ricco will not succeed him as New York Mets general manager, a source with knowledge of owner Fred and Jeff Wilpon's plans told ESPNNewYork.com.

Ricco, who joined the organization from the commissioner's office in April 2004, likely will remain in his current role as assistant GM and learn from an established executive hired from outside the organization.

Similarly, former Cincinnati Reds GM Wayne Krivsky will not be under consideration to succeed Minaya, the source said. Krivsky is currently a special assistant to Minaya. He is under contract with the organization through 2011.

A published report indicated Minaya has language in his contract preventing him from being reassigned, but a source familiar with the pact did not expect it would be an obstacle if the Wilpons opt to change Minaya's role. Minaya is signed for two more seasons and is owed in excess of $2 million during the remainder of his deal.

The Mets entered Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 70-73 record and in fourth place in the National League East.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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