The search for a new New York Mets baseball operations chief has obviously reached another dead end. The Mets, who have been rejected by several top contenders in recent weeks, appear to have sniffed Milwaukee Brewers general manager Matt Arnold, who withdrew his name from consideration, by Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Arnold had been New York’s top contender, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
On Tuesday, the Mets were waiting for the Brewers to grant them permission to talk to Arnold about the role. Teams rarely stand in the way of employees who have the opportunity to take a promotion, which makes this aspect more of a formality. It’s unclear what, if anything, prompted Arnold to remove his name from the race.
Arnold, 42, has worked for the Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds and Texas Rangers during his career. He was mentioned by CBS Sports earlier this week as a plausible candidate for the Mets. Here is what we wrote at the time:
The Brewers gave Arnold a title bump last offseason, apparently to keep teams from hiring him as general manager. (Funny enough, Milwaukee did the same with David Stearns, perhaps to get him away from that specific Mets job.) Arnold’s experience with cutting edge crews at a small market in Tampa Bay and Milwaukee gives it the executive equivalent of independent credibility. . It was mentioned in conjunction with the Mets.
New York missed all three of its previous goals after the Brewers denied the Mets permission to interview President of Baseball Operations David Stearns and Vice President of Baseball Operations of Oakland Athletics Billy Beane and former NHL executive. Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox Theo Epstein withdrew from the exam.
According to Puma’s report, Arnold may have sought to hire someone from the Rays front office to become its general manager. The Rays seem likely to award that title to Peter Bendix at some point, preventing him from occupying the same position with the Mets. This means that the most obvious candidate for the role would have been Bobby Heck. Puma has reported in the past that Mets owner Steve Cohen once recommended Heck to the previous ownership group as a GM candidate.
The Mets are on the hunt for new baseball executives after a dismal first year under Cohen. General manager Jared Porter was fired before the start of the season after ESPN reported his harassment of a female journalist. Then, towards the end of the season, interim general manager Zack Scott was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.