Mets Hire Krivsky

In an under-the-radar move, the Mets have added Wayne Krivsky to the organization as a “Major League Scout”. Presumably, that means he will be scouting the players on other teams. A great addition to the Mets, as Krivsky is highly regarded throughout baseball as an astute talent evaluator.

But don’t be fooled … and Tony Bernazard, you better watch your back.

Krivsky was unceremoniously — and perhaps too hastily — relieved of his GM duties by the Reds earlier this season. He had been hired in February 2006, and did a credible job of completely overhauling the Cincinnati roster. His worst deal was also the most glaring — a deadline deal with the Nationals that sent two lineup starters (Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez) in exchange for sore-armed Gary Majewski and enigma Bill Bray. In his defense, Krivsky was not aware of the seriousness of Majewski’s shoulder issue, and in fact the Reds began a lawsuit against the Nats over the deal.

Looking beyond that bad deal, Krivsky made some very good, creative moves during his helm. He acquired Bronson Arroyo for Wily Mo Pena, picked up Brandon Phillips for a bag of balls, picked up closer Eddie Guardado in return for a nondescript minor leaguer, stole Jeff Keppinger for a non-prospect, gave up nothing other than cash for Josh Hamilton in a slick Rule 5 Draft deal, then turned Hamilton over a year later for Edinson Volquez in what is being celebrated as the trade of the winter.

Before taking the Reds GM job, Krivsky spent a long career in scouting, player development, and as an assistant GM — a career which began in 1977. He played a key role as Terry Ryan’s right-hand man with the Twins, and I think we can all agree that Minnesota has had a pretty damn good system going for the past 25 years. Oh, and he was always at the table when it came to labor relations, contract negotiations, and arbitration hearings. His full bio can be found here.

So, while Krivsky might be scouting for the Mets right now, part of his hiring likely was with the idea that he’d eventually move to the front office — likely as Omar Minaya’s “special assistant”.

Who knows, maybe the Mets are preparing for the exit of Tony Bernazard, who is rumored to be a candidate for the Seattle Mariners’ GM job (insiders say there are more than a few people in the Mets’ organization “rooting” for him to get that position). Or, dare I say, maybe Omar himself needs to be looking over his shoulder.

Whatever the case, Krivsky brings exactly the type of professionalism, experience, and skillset the Mets need right now.

Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers. Follow Joe's baseball tips on Twitter at @onbaseball and at the On Baseball Google Plus page.
  1. Micalpalyn June 20, 2008 at 4:04 pm
    Good job Joe;

    I give alot of credit to you but this piece (and others you have done) reflect what is lacking in Journalism. Instead of fiating on the mob-style anarchy reflective of the media you seem so far to be the only one who has reported on this event which we may look back to as a watershed event in 5 yrs.

    Bernazzard may have full filled his purpose in building the infrastructure Omar desired in international scouting as such Omar can take the reigns on that. Krivsky represents someone who can assess stateside talent and look for oppurtunities to build the Mets farms through the draft and Rule V as well as trades. Did nt Krivsky bring Santana to the Twins organization?

    BTW: look at the Newsday article. http://www.newsday.com/sports/baseball/mets/ny-spminsidetop205733897jun20,0,2783737.story?page=2

    If could not believe the oppurtunity the Mets and Manuel have to make a run. The schedule looks extremely kind.

  2. isuzudude June 21, 2008 at 7:52 am
    I agree. With all the accolades Krivsky recieved for his tenure in Cincinnati, it’s surprising that no one has heard as much as a peep about this “acquisition” by the Mets. I’d have to imagine Krivsky was a pretty hot commodity when he hit the “open market” after being let go by the Reds, so good job by the Mets for beating the rest of baseball to the punch and giving him a chance to further his MLB career. If Bernazzard does decide to take the Seattle job, presuming it’s offered to him and he’s interested, then I am very secure in knowing that Krivsky could be promoted to be Omar’s new right-hand man.
  3. joe June 21, 2008 at 9:50 am
    I’m trying to find out WHO made the Krivsky hire. From everything I’m hearing, Tony Bernazard is gaining more leverage within the Mets organization every day. Interestingly, he’s suddenly positioning himself as a guy who wants to improve from within — after helping Omar sign big-time free agents over the past three years. So if Bernazard is the one who hired Krivsky, watch out — Tony B. will have Omar’s job before too long.

    Kind of sickening to see this conniving chameleon force his way into power using unscrupulous tactics. I don’t see the Mets succeeding over the long haul with this Machiavellian figure in charge.

  4. Micalpalyn June 21, 2008 at 1:55 pm
    IF that is the case, it illustrates to me that Tony is trying to undermine Omar. Omar looks bad right now because he single handedly PREVENTED Willie from being hired while Tony and Jeff obviously wanted it for a while.