On Friday afternoon, a team spokesman told MLB.com that "Jeff Wilpon spoke to Sandy Alderson and expects to speak to him again to set something up for next week."
Alderson, 62, an alumnus of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, helped construct an A's team that won four division titles, three pennants and one World Series during 15 seasons as general manager from 1983-97. Alderson later worked for Major League Baseball before heading the baseball operations department in San Diego for four years.
Last summer, Alderson left that post, later becoming an MLB consultant for the league's interests in the Dominican Republic. Alderson has worked to reduce the prevalence of age falsification and the use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Dominican.
Thursday, a Mets spokesman announced that the team will conduct their first round of interviews next week with Hahn, assistant GM of the White Sox; Baird, assistant to the general manager in Boston; and Byrnes, former GM of the D-backs. A team source said the Mets will conduct the first of those interviews this week.
In all, the Mets expect to conduct five to seven interviews during the first round of what they expect to be a two-round process. Other potential candidates for the job include Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, Rangers GM Jon Daniels and former Rangers GM John Hart.
The New York Post reported Friday that former Mets executive Gerry Hunsicker had no interest in leaving his current position with the Rays.