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Mets narrow down their GM candidates to three

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Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports that the New York Mets have narrowed their list of general manager candidates to three: Chaim Bloom, Doug Melvin and Brodie Van Wagenen. All other candidates are out. They will conduct call-back interviews beginning tomorrow, which presumably means owner Fred Wilpon coming in and making the final decision.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Melvin is the front-runner based on his experience. Melvin, of course, ran the Milwaukee Brewers for years, transitioning out of the GM job and into an advisory role after the 2015 season. Before stepping back, Melvin was responsible for acquiring Corey Knebel and Josh Hader and re-acquiring Jeremy Jeffress, each of which played an important part on the 2018 team. It is thought that Fred Wilpon prefers a seasoned “baseball man” in the team’s GM roll, so if Wilpon gets his way, the 66-year-old Melvin will be the choice.

Fred Wilpon’s son Jeff, however, is thought to prefer a younger, analytical type. If he somehow gets his way, you’d figure it’d be Bloom, who is the vice president of baseball operations for the Rays. He was a front-runner for the Twins job when it was open. He certainly knows how to help build a competitive team on the cheap, which one presumes is what the Wilpons want.

Van Wagenen is an agent at CAA. That would be an unusual choice given the fairly adversarial relationship that exists between agents and clubs, but he’s obviously shown the Mets something if he’s a finalist.

Report: Padres have discussed trading Wil Myers for Mariners’ Jean Segura and Mike Leake

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Padres have discussed with the Mariners a potential trade in which outfielder Wil Myers would head to Seattle in exchange for shortstop Jean Segura and starter Mike Leake. Leake would need to waive his no-trade clause in order to make the deal work.

Myers has four years and $64 million remaining on his contract with a $20 million club option for 2023 as well. Segura has four years and $58 million remaining with a $17 million club option for 2023. Leake is under contract for two more years with $36 million remaining as well as an $18 million mutual option for 2021.

This past season, Myers battled elbow, oblique, and foot injuries last season, limiting him to 83 games and 343 plate appearances. He hit .253/.318/.446 with 11 home runs, 39 RBI, 39 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases. Myers played all over the field for the Padres, spending time at third base and both outfield corners as well as first base and a brief inning in center. If Myers were to go to Seattle, he would likely handle first base on a full-time basis.

2018 marked an All-Star campaign for Segura, who hit .304/.341/.415 with 10 home runs, 63 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 632 plate appearances. Baseball Reference tallies him at 13 WAR over the last three seasons, so he would certainly be an impact player for the Padres. Rosenthal suggests Segura could handle shortstop for the Padres until top prospect Fernando Tatis, Jr. is ready. Segura would then move to second base. Alternatively, Tatis could potentially move to third base.

Leake, 31, is essentially a throw-in player in the deal. This past season, the right-hander put up middling numbers, finishing 10-10 with a 4.36 ERA and a 119/34 K/BB ratio in 185 2/3 innings. He would have no problem slotting into the Padres’ rotation.

Rosenthal takes care to point out that this suggested deal is not believed to be close, but it is notable that such a swap is being considered. On Monday, the Mariners traded starter James Paxton to the Yankees. The Mariners are believed to be setting their sights further down the line to be competitive. It could become a full-blown rebuilding effort. It’s a shame because the Mariners had a solid 2018, finishing 89-73, but they finished 14 games behind the Astros and were even eight games behind the second-place Athletics. The way front offices approach competing these days, finishing above .500 but out of the postseason isn’t good enough.