Mets complete GM interviews

10/26/2010 - MLB New York Mets

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets completed the interview process for their next general manager Tuesday when principal owner Fred Wilpon, team president Saul Katz and chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon met with Sandy Alderson at Citi Field.

Former Arizona Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, the other finalist, met with the ownership group Monday.

An announcement may come Friday, on the off-day between Games 2 and 3 of the World Series.

"Fred, Saul and I met with Sandy Alderson today at Citi Field," Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. "We will have no further comment on the process until we are ready to announce our new general manager."

Alderson and Byrnes emerged as finalists from the field of six first-round interviewees that also included Boston Red Sox assistant GM Allard Baird, Toronto Blue Jays special assistant Dana Brown, Chicago White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and Los Angeles Dodgers assistant GM Logan White.

Alderson, 62, has been considered the favorite to land the position since the outset. He currently does consulting for Major League Baseball trying to address baseball issues in Latin America.

He led the Oakland Athletics to three straight World Series appearances, including the 1989 championship, as general manager. After a stint with Major League Baseball concentrating on umpiring and building the game internationally, Alderson served as chief executive officer of the San Diego Padres until resigning in March 2009 when that ballclub was purchased by a group headed by Jeff Moorad.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.