Paul DePodesta isn’t surprised Sandy Alderson is making a push

for the

Mets’ general manager job.

“He’s fiercely competitive, even if he doesn’t show it

outwardly,” said DePodesta, the former Dodgers GM, who was hired by

Alderson four years ago to work in San Diego’s front office, where

he is now an executive vice president.

“I think that’s why he’s intrigued by the

Mets’ situation,” DePodesta said by

phone yesterday. “He’s energized by challenges whether it’s the

Dominican Republic or [overseeing] umpires. And the

Mets are another one.”

Alderson spent yesterday at Citi Field, the fourth person to

meet with team COO Jeff Wilpon and interim head of baseball

operations John Ricco. Alderson followed Red Sox assistant GM

Allard Baird, White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn and former

Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes.

Next on the list is Dodgers assistant GM Logan White, who will

head to Queens today. Wilpon said on Wednesday that the team still

was waiting to get permission to talk to other people, but nothing

further has been scheduled.

The 62-year-old Alderson is seen as the leading candidate to

replace Omar Minaya, who was ousted last week. Alderson was the

general managerin Oakland from 1983-97 and built the team that

reached three straight World Series before he left to join the

league office.

He returned to MLB in March to help clean up baseball operations

in Latin America, but was urged by commissioner Bud Selig to

consider running the


“He’s one of the few people in baseball who have done it all and

had success doing everything,” DePodesta said. “When he walks in a

room, it’s clear he’s in command. It doesn’t need to be said. He

doesn’t gain that presence through intimidation.”

DePodesta said Alderson’s style would work anywhere.

“A lot of people think because of the military background,

everything would be regimented,” DePodesta said, referring to

Alderson’s time in the Marines during the Vietnam War. “There’s

discipline, but he seeks input from everybody.”

And DePodesta added that any reservations a team might have

because Alderson hasn’t been a general manager since leaving

Oakland are misguided.

“He was always in the know, even though [former GM] Kevin

[Towers] had autonomy,” DePodesta said of Alderson, who was San

Diego’s CEO from 2005-2009. “He was very well-informed. . . . He

didn’t carry out the transactions – that was for us to do – but he

clearly set the vision for the franchise.”

Another potential candidate, Texas GM Jon Daniels, could be

available after the Rangers’ season ends, but the Queens native has

repeatedly kept his focus on his current team. He told reporters in

Arlington yesterday only that the

Mets have not contacted him.

Daniels’ old boss, former Cleveland and Texas GM John Hart, said

he doesn’t expect to see Daniels leave the Rangers.

“Jon has vested a tremendous amount into the Rangers and they

have a good group there, from the new ownership to young players,”

Hart said. “There’s an ability to have a good window there.”

Hart, now a consultant with Texas, said the

Mets have not contacted him.