Report: Twins may be interested in Mets’ assistant GM John Ricco

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In the wake of Terry Ryan’s departure from the club back in July, the Twins have been rudderless for several months while they search for a new head of baseball operations. The prevailing thought was that the incoming head of operations would select a new general manager to oversee the team, either promoting or replacing interim Rob Antony — if Antony doesn’t get the job first.

A report from the Star-Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal III hints that the Twins might be interested in Mets’ assistant general manager John Ricco. Ricco, who spent 12 years in the commissioner’s office before migrating to the Mets’ front office, is in his 12th year with the Mets and his 10th as an assistant manager. Although he stepped in for Omar Minaya as the interim GM during the 2010 season, he has yet to hold a permanent general manager post, let alone serve as the president of baseball operations for any major league club. In that, at least, he appears to be in good company: only two of the five candidates the Twins have been linked to so far appear to have experience at the head of the baseball operations department.

Like fellow candidate Chaim Bloom, Ricco’s appeal lies in his analytical leanings. According to’s Great Analytics Rankings of 2015, the Mets placed in the “Believers” category, ranked just below the five teams described as being “All-In” with sabermetrics. Unsurprisingly, the Twins placed near the bottom of the list in the “Skeptics” category, just above sabermetric-resistant clubs like the Marlins and Phillies.

It’s unclear how much of a hand Ricco has played in shaping the Mets’ analytic approach, but his alignment with a team that employs noted stathead Sandy Alderson and utilizes resources like the cryptically-named “Matrix”, a behemoth of data designed to evaluate Mets’ hitters against opposing pitchers, can only up his appeal to Twins’ executives in their search to bring in fresh, numbers-friendly talent.

Padres claim 2-time All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from Mets

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SAN DIEGO — The scuffling San Diego Padres claimed catcher Gary Sánchez off waivers from the New York Mets.

The two-time All-Star was designated for assignment after playing in three games for the Mets. He went 1 for 6 with three strikeouts and an RBI, looking shaky at times behind the plate.

With the disappointing Padres (24-29) getting meager offensive production at catcher, they hope Sánchez can provide a boost. Austin Nola is batting .131 with three extra-base hits and a paltry .434 OPS in 39 games. His part-time platoon partner, second-stringer Brett Sullivan, is hitting .170 with four extra-base hits and a .482 OPS in 21 games since getting called up from the minors April 16.

Luis Campusano has been on the injured list since April 17 and is expected to be sidelined until around the All-Star break following left thumb surgery.

San Diego is responsible for just over $1 million in salary for Sánchez after assuming his $1.5 million, one-year contract.

The star-studded Padres have lost seven of 11 and are 3-3 on a nine-game East Coast trip. They open a three-game series at Miami.

San Diego becomes the third National League team to take a close look at the 30-year-old Sánchez this season. He spent time in the minors with San Francisco before getting released May 2 and signing a minor league contract a week later with the Mets, who were minus a couple of injured catchers at the time.

After hitting well in a short stint at Triple-A Syracuse, he was promoted to the big leagues May 19. When the Mets reinstated catcher Tomás Nido from the injured list last week, Sánchez was cut.

Sánchez’s best seasons came early in his career with the New York Yankees, where he was runner-up in 2016 AL Rookie of the Year voting and made the AL All-Star team in 2017 and 2019.

He was traded to Minnesota before the 2022 season and batted .205 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 128 games last year.

With the Padres, Sánchez could also be a candidate for at-bats at designated hitter, where 42-year-old Nelson Cruz is batting .245 with three homers, 16 RBIs and a .670 OPS, and 37-year-old Matt Carpenter is hitting .174 with four homers, 21 RBIs and a .652 OPS.