Allard Baird opens interview process

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.

Baird, who has an apartment in Manhattan, served as the Royals GM for nearly six seasons. He worked with that organization for 18 years before being fired on May 31, 2006. The small-market Royals largely tied his hands with spending restrictions both on major league payroll and on amateur signings.

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

Byrnes was fired by the Diamondbacks on July 1 despite having more than five years remaining on an eight-year contract. The Diamondbacks went 349-378 in his four-plus seasons in charge.

Hahn, the assistant GM of the White Sox, is considered an up-and-comer in baseball circles, and was tabbed as the best GM prospect in the game by Baseball America. He had interviewed for the St. Louis Cardinals GM job, but withdrew his name after a pair of interviews. He also passed on an interview with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Seattle Mariners were denied permission to interview Hahn when they hired Jack Zduriencik.

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.

Los Angeles Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White also will be formally interviewed by the Mets on Friday, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Neither White nor Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti -- who would have had to grant permission for the Mets or any other club to interview White because he is still under contract with the Dodgers -- would confirm that White has an interview with the Mets, nor would either of them comment on the matter in any way.

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

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com. ESPNLosAngeles.com's Tony Jackson contributed information to this report.