Ricciardi leaving post as Mets' special assistant
5:45 PM ET
ESPN News Services
NEW YORK — J.P. Ricciardi is leaving the New York Mets after eight seasons.
The Mets announced his decision Friday, a day after the end of the annual GM meetings and 11 days after hiring Brodie Van Wagenen to succeed Sandy Alderson as general manager.
Ricciardi was hired as a special assistant to Alderson in November 2010 and had been part of the trio running the team’s baseball operations after Alderson took a leave in July following a recurrence of cancer.
Longtime baseball agent Brodie Van Wagenen is switching roles to become general manager of the Mets, the team announced Monday evening. Contract details were not disclosed.
“The Mets are grateful for all J.P. has brought to the team over the last eight seasons and we wish him all the best going forward,” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said in a statement. “He was and will continue to be a friend. J.P. was instrumental in identifying and bringing talent to the Mets that helped develop our growth throughout the entire system and stepped up to play an even larger role when we needed him over the time Sandy had to