Indians GM Mike Chernoff, who the Mets have interest in for their top baseball operations job, is now viewed as being less likely to interview, league sources told SNY's Andy Martino.
Chernoff, 37, has worked in Cleveland with former team president and current Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro, and current Indians president Chris Antonetti. Both are close with Omar Minaya. Chernoff is the son of Mark Chernoff, VP of programming for WFAN.
This first round of "interviews" has taken many forms -- from sit-downs in New York to informal telephone conversations, notes Martino.
The Mets have so far spoken to Rays GM Chaim Bloom, Cardinals exec Gary LaRocque, former Brewers GM Doug Melvin, and MLB exec Kim Ng. Bloom, who met with Mets brass Wednesday, has previously interviewed for the top job in Milwaukee and Philadelphia, and declined the chance to interview in Arizona. Also reportedly on the Mets' list is Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson.
Also under consideration, according to Martino, are prominent agents Brodie Van Wagenen and Casey Close, and there is no indication the Mets have moved on from an outside-the-box idea like that.