HOUSTON — Add an experienced New York baseball operations hand to the list of Mets front-office candidates.
Billy Eppler, who served as the Yankees’ assistant general manager for four years, resides on the Mets’ radar as they search for a baseball-operations head, an industry source confirmed. The Mets’ regional network SNY first reported Eppler’s candidacy.
Eppler, 46, ran the Angels as their general manager from October 2015 until the conclusion of the 2020 season, at which point the team let him go. The Angels posted five straight losing records under Eppler’s leadership, although he brought in free agent Shohei Ohtani (the overwhelming favorite to win 2021 American League Most Valuable Player honors) and re-signed three-time AL MVP Mike Trout to a massive extension. Just last month, the agency WME Sports announced that Eppler had joined as a co-leader of a new baseball representation business.
Prior to joining the Angels, Eppler worked for the Yankees from 2004 through 2015, helping to put together the team that won the jewel franchise’s most recent championship in 2009. After taking over the club’s major-league scouting in 2006, he earned a promotion to assistant GM during the 2011-12 offseason.
A San Diego native, Eppler played baseball at Connecticut.
The Mets’ list of candidates also includes Red Sox assistant GM Raquel Ferreria, with whom the Mets will hold an introductory conversation of sorts (to determine whether there’s mutual interest to move forward) shortly, and Orioles assistant GM Sig Mejdal. As of late Tuesday night, Baltimore had yet to grant the Mets permission to speak with Mejdal.