Mets, Sandy Alderson to meet again

Sandy Alderson, the front-runner in the New York Mets' search for a general manager, will meet with team executives for the second time Thursday.

Sources had told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney on Sunday that Alderson would be invited back for another interview.

Alderson, who is currently assisting Major League Baseball in addressing Latin American issues, interviewed with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and acting GM John Ricco last week.

Alderson is to tour Citi Field on Thursday and complete his interview with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, assistant general manager John Ricco and others.

The Mets said Monday that Alderson is not yet scheduled to meet with owner Fred Wilpon or team president Saul Katz.

New York is looking for a successor to GM Omar Minaya. He was fired along with manager Jerry Manuel after a second straight losing season.

In addition, the Mets received permission from Toronto to interview Dana Brown, special assistant to Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.

Jeff Wilpon and Ricco conducted five interviews last week. Former Kansas City Royals GM Allard Baird began the process on Monday, followed by Chicago White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn on Tuesday, former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes on Wednesday, Alderson on Thursday and then Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Logan White on Friday.

MLB commissioner Bud Selig has been an advocate for Alderson, and Fred Wilpon and Selig have a strong relationship.

Alderson was the Oakland Athletics general manager from 1983 to 1997. He was hired in 2005 as the San Diego Padres CEO and served in that capacity for nearly four years. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1969 and Harvard Law School in 1976. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps as an infantry officer, including a tour in Vietnam.

Adam Rubin is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.