After the Mets spent most of Tuesday interviewing White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn, a leading candidate to fill their vacant GM position, a team spokesman confirmed that the club also plans to meet with another young candidate, Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, on Friday.
White, who has spent the past nine seasons heading the Dodgers' scouting and Draft departments, has received much of the credit for assembling the core of Los Angeles' roster -- most notably pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Jonathan Broxton, first baseman James Loney, outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Russell Martin. He has also quarterbacked many of the club's recent international signings, including Japanese pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.
In the first round of this year's First-Year Player Draft, White landed high school pitcher Zach Lee, a two-sport star whom most clubs considered unsignable. After selecting Lee with the Dodgers' top pick, White surprised skeptics by signing the pitcher -- who at the time was taking reps at quarterback for the LSU football team -- just prior to the Aug. 16 deadline.
White also interviewed in 2007 for the Astros' GM job, which went to Ed Wade, and more recently for the D-backs' GM job, which went to Kevin Towers.
The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that White has a new contract in place to remain in his current position with the Dodgers if the Mets do not hire him.
White will be the fifth general manager candidate to interview with Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, assistant GM John Ricco and other front office officials at Citi Field this week. The Mets met with former Royals GM and current Red Sox assistant to the GM Allard Baird on Monday and Hahn on Tuesday. They plan to meet Wednesday with former D-backs GM Josh Byrnes, and with former A's GM Sandy Alderson before the end of the week.
In addition to those five, the Mets are awaiting permission on multiple other candidates in the first round of what they anticipate to be a two-round interview process.
Though Alderson's personality and experience may have made him the early frontrunner for the position, the Mets have reason also to be impressed with Hahn, the most recent interviewee. In charge of hundreds of millions of dollars of contracts under general manager Kenny Williams in Chicago, Hahn has proven quite capable of handing a GM position; in March, Baseball America rated him the game's top general manger prospect who has never previously held a GM post.
In addition to degrees from Harvard Law School and Northwestern University, Hahn also holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, alma mater of Mets principal owner Fred Wilpon. Over the past three offseasons, his name has surfaced in conjunction with GM vacancies in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Seattle.