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New York Mets To Begin Interviewing General Manager Candidates

The New York Mets will apparently begin interviewing candidates for their vacant general manager job next week.

According to a team official, the Mets have scheduled three interviews next week for their vacant GM position: Rick Hahn, White Sox assistant GM; Allard Baird, Boston’s assistant to the GM; and Josh Byrnes, former D-backs GM.

Hahn, a Chicago-area native with degrees from the University of Michigan, Harvard Law School and Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, also boasts two years’ experience as a player agent and has negotiated more than a half-billion dollars’ worth of contracts in 10 seasons with the White Sox.

Baird, 49, is a former GM in Kansas City, perhaps best known for a series of unpopular trades that saw the Royals deal Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran and Jermaine Dye over the span of three years in the last decade.

For the past four seasons, Baird has ranked among Theo Epstein’s top lieutenants in Boston.

Byrnes, 40, is another Epstein disciple who served as D-backs GM from November 2005 until his dismissal in July. A graduate of Haverford College with a degree in English, Byrnes has developed a reputation as a strong proponent of advanced statistical metrics.

Other potential candidates for the position are Rangers GM Jon Daniels, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, Rays assistant GM Gerry Hunsicker, former Rangers GM John Hart, and former A’s and Padres GM Sandy Alderson.