The Mets will interview Nationals special assistant De Jon Watson for their GM job next Wednesday, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
Watson, 52, joined the Nats as part of their pro scouting department in January of 2017 as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo.
Prior to joining the Nats, Watson was the senior vice president of baseball operations for the Diamondbacks, where he oversaw their scouting and player development departments while working in tandem with Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart. Before joining the Diamondbacks, Watson worked in the Dodgers' front office for eight years.
Watson has also worked for Indians (2004-06), Reds (1998-2003) after serving as the Reds' Director of Scouting (1998-2000), and Marlins (1991-1997).
He played in the minor leagues in the Royals organization from 1985-1989.
The Mets have received permission to speak to enough candidates to offically begin the interview process, SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Friday. COO Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco will conduct the first round of interviews.
Among other candidates receiving interviews are Cardinals director of player development Gary LaRocque and former Brewers GM Doug Melvin, according to Martino.