Longtime baseball executive Sandy Alderson is talking to the New York Mets about their vacant general manager position and is in the process of setting up an interview. No date is officially set, but someone close to the situation said he thought the meeting would occur late next week, probably Thursday or Friday.

Alderson joins ex-Diamondbacks GM Josh Byrnes, ex-Royals GM Allard Baird and White Sox assistant GM Rick Hahn as candidates for the Mets' GM job. The Mets have said they are open to hiring a very experienced baseball person or a younger well-regarded exec.

"The baseball side of the business is the fun side of the business," Alderon said. "The possibility of devoting all my time to the fun side is appealing."

Alderson is currently working as a consultant for Major League Baseball regarding issues in the Dominican Republic, and while some have suggested he wants to see that job through, sources say he is intrigued by the Mets' post. He is said to have enjoyed living in New York when he worked in the commissioner's office, and he has family in the New York area.

It is believed the Mets have also interest in ex-Twins GM Terry Ryan, ex-Astros GM Gerry Hunsicker and Diamondbacks executive Jerry Dipoto.

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