NEW YORK -- Former Toronto Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi is a candidate to join the front office of newly hired New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, a source familiar with the discussions confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
Ricciardi, 51, worked for Alderson with the Oakland Athletics as a scout and ultimately as a special assistant. He went on to serve as GM of the Blue Jays from 2002-09, and is currently an ESPN baseball analyst.
Ricciardi actually played in 150 minor league games for the Mets from 1980-81. That stint included playing on a Shelby, N.C., team in the Class A South Atlantic League that included John Gibbons, whom Ricciardi hired to manage in Toronto.
Alderson said during his introductory press conference on Friday afternoon at Citi Field that he may add one or two executives to his front office. He also has strong ties to San Diego Padres executive vice president Paul DePodesta, who remained with San Diego after Alderson departed as CEO in March 2009, as well as Oakland special advisor Grady Fuson.
John Ricco will remain with the Mets as an assistant GM, a role he held under former GM Omar Minaya. Former Cincinnati Reds GM Wayne Krivsky also is under contract as a special assistant through 2011.
Minaya remains under contract through 2012 and has left open the possibility of returning, although he has stepped away from the organization at the moment. Regarding the possibility that Minaya could return in some capacity to work under Alderson, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said: "He's going to wait it out until Sandy gets a real handle on what's here, what he might need and what the role might be."
Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.