At long last, the New York Mets will finally have someone in charge of baseball decisions and running the team. Billy Eppler is reportedly finalizing a deal to become their new general manager, according to multiple sources including ESPNâ€™s Jeff Passan and MLB Networkâ€™s Jon Heyman.
Eppler, 46, had accepted a position with William Morris Endeavor, which is a talent representation agency that recently ventured into the baseball world and had free agent shortstop Carlos Correa as its highest profile client. However, he will now take over the Mets, and the offseason, for them, can finally get started.
Eppler is best known for his time as the Los Angeles Angelsâ€™ general manager, which lasted from 2015 to 2020. He couldnâ€™t deliver a playoff berth, but under his leadership, the Halos signed Mike Trout to an extension and brought two-way star Shohei Ohtani.
Before his stint with the Angels and joining the Mets, Eppler had spent 10 years with the Yankees, so he knows what itâ€™s like to work in New York and deal with the huge expectations of a demanding fan base.
The Metsâ€™ extensive search comes to an end
Before turning their attention to Eppler, the Mets had failed to convince at least 10 other candidates to join the team either as general manager or president of baseball operations.
David Stearns, Billy Beane, Theo Epstein, Billy Eppler, Matt Arnold, Raquel Ferreira, Michael Girsch, Jean Afterman, Scott Harris, Brandon Gomes, and Mark Shapiro were considered for the positions, but all of them turned them down, citing different reasons.
According to MLB Trade Rumors, Eppler broke into baseball as a scout with the Rockies in the early 2000s â€œbefore joining the Yankees in that same role. He was eventually named the Yankeesâ€™ director of scouting and, in 2011, promoted to the title of assistant general manager â€” a role heâ€™d hold until being hired to lead the Angelsâ€™ baseball operations staff following the 2015 season.â€