Ricciardi has one year remaining on his current three-year deal.
He has served as a Special Assistant to Alderson since November 2010.
In late September, the Mets and Alderson agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him as General Manager through 2017.
Matthew Cerrone: This is good news. I think it's obvious that, when Alderson retires, assuming everything is going well and the Mets are winning, Ricciardi or Paul DePodesta will take over as GM. It's funny, the Mets get knocked for not spending enough, but they certainly have the most expensive front office, which has to be worth something, right?
Anyway, JP was GM of the Blue Jays for most of last decade. He helped rebuild that franchise and farm system to get it to where it is today, and he's done a terrific job injecting young talent from other teams to the Mets, all while DePodesta handles player development, the farm, amateur scouting and the draft.
The way I understand it, Ricciardi is tasked by Alderson to find diamonds in the rough, whether they come from other team’s major or minor league rosters. In the time these guys have been at the helm, Ricciardi and Alderson have worked to bring in Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Travis d'Arnaud, among others. However, they are lacking when it comes to injecting immediate big-league talent, which is what Billy Beane does so well for the A's. For instance, for every Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson in Oakland, we're asked to root for Brad Eamus, Chris Young, Colin Cowgill and Chin-Lung Hu.
The minor-league acquisitions are beginning to have an impact at the major-league level, which is awesome and should not be ignored. I expect a playoff team in 2015. To do that, the Mets are going to need to also add players who can help now...not five years from now.