Mets hire Allard Baird as VP of scouting and player development


The New York Mets have hired Allard Baird as their new VP of scouting and player development. He’ll assist new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

Most of you probably remember Baird as the general manager for the Kansas City Royals in the early 2000s. That’s back when the Royals lost 100 games or more four times in the span of five seasons. Baird took a lot of the blame for that before he left town. If that’s all you know about Baird, however, you don’t know the whole story.

The whole story involves (a) the Royals being a total train wreck of an organization before Baird even got the gig, making his job a rather hopeless one, even if he made missteps of his own; and (b) Baird leaving Kansas City and getting hired by the Red Sox, where he has served admirably for the past 12 years. In that time, of course, the Sox have won three World Series titles, with Baird’s scouting expertise a key part of all of that.

Which is to say that this is a good hire by the Mets.

Report: Yankees could be in on Nolan Arenado

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The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.

The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.

Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.