Mets add former Dodgers GM

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, Last Updated: 9:17 PM ET

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets added another big name to their front office on Monday, naming former Dodgers general manager Paul DePodesta as the vice president of player development and amateur scouting.

This is a reunion of sorts for DePodesta and new Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, as the pair worked together in San Diego when Alderson served as the Padres' CEO from 2005-09.

DePodesta, the general manager of the Dodgers from 2004-05, had been with the Padres as their executive vice president since November, 2008. Also a former executive with Oakland, DePodesta is a key figure in the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which detailed how the low-budget Athletics used sabermetrics to field a competitive team without spending a lot of money.

The 37-year-old DePodesta was an assistant to Oakland general manager Billy Beane at the time and helped the Athletics make the playoffs in four consecutive years from 2000-03.

This hire marks the continuation of the Mets' overhaul in their front office, having fired general manager Omar Minaya after the club's fourth straight year of missing the playoffs. New York now has four members of its executive branch that have served as the general manager of another club; in addition to Alderson and DePodesta, J.P. Ricciardi -- formerly of the Blue Jays -- and Wayne Krivsky -- formerly of the Reds -- also make up the new staff.

Krivsky is the only one of the four that was on the Mets' staff prior to the conclusion of the 2010 season, having been hired nearly a year ago.


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