If they're going to play Moneyball in New York, why don't the Mets hire A's GM Billy Beane?
To be accurate, Beane is no longer Oakland's GM. Instead, he's their Executive Vice President and oversees David Forst, who has been his GM since 2016.
That said, according to people who know, covered and are friends with Beane, there isn't enough money or freedom a team could offer to get him to leave Oakland. They say he's a casual, laid back guy who comes and goes as he pleases, who loves wearing shorts to work and adores the Bay Area.
He has local family that he enjoys being able to care for in person. He regularly speaks at local colleges and businesses that pay him very well and admire his accomplishments. He'd also never replicate in New York the expectations he has created among A's fans, who believe in and are tolerant of the ups and downs, risks and rewards of his way unique of running the team.
More important than all of the above, though, is that Beane has a 4 percent ownership stake in the team, which is probably worth around $40-50 million these days.
The point is, he's going nowhere... nor should he.
How come the Mets won't trade for Manny Machado and try to sign him like they did with Mike Piazza back in 1998?
There is zero evidence the Mets will commit the necessary $300 million or so it will take to ink Machado as a free agent this coming winter, although they should.
In regards to trading for him, it's a moot point. Machado is expected to be dealt to a National League team that isn't the Mets within the next few days. However, the current Machado market is a great example of the lack of depth in the team's farm system.
For instance, to get Machado in trade, Baltimore is said to be seeking a team's elite prospect (who should be ready to play in the big leagues), a young, under-team-control shortstop, and one or two additional, high-ceiling, lower-level prospects in return for Machado.
To put this in a Mets context, it would mean offering 1B Peter Alonso, SS Amed Rosario, and Low-A SS Shervyen Newton, which is easily topped by most of the contending teams currently trying to acquire Machado, a few of whom are also likely to sign him this winter.
In an ideal world, the Mets do nothing, keep Alonso, sign Machado and put Rosario at second base. But, again, this seems very unlikely given the team's recent view on giving out long-term contracts.
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