Rumor Mill: GM Schuerholz to the Mets?

In this weeks' Rumor Mill, Kyle Hawkins takes a look at all of the rumors swirling around in both the print media and Internet and discusses their validity. What's new: John Schuerholz to New York? Could the Braves swing a deal for Richie Sexson?

Note: The rumors published here are property of their respective publishers as noted in the article - not those of BravesCenter.Com

In a report published Tuesday in the New York Star-Ledger, two major-league officials familiar with the Mets GM search report that the New York Mets have either asked for, or plans to ask for, permission to interview Braves general manager John Schuerholz for the job.

Mets owner Fred Wilpon planned to put in a call to Braves president Stan Kasten to seek permission on Schuerholz, and in fact probably already has done so, according to both officials.

Kyle's take: Chances are the Braves won't even respond to Wilpon's request to interview Schuerholz. But even if they do grant the Mets permission, the chances are very slim that Schuerholz would be willing to leave the Braves organzation. The Mets are currently in the midst of a rebuilding process that could take years, something that Schuerholz probably would not be interested in becoming involved in - especially at this stage of his GM career. The most likely scenario is that the Mets will keep their current interim GM Jim Duquette.

A report published in this week's edition of Sports Weekly states that the Milwaukee Brewers may have interest in trading arbitration eligible 1B Richie Sexson, and that the Braves, Dodgers, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are the most likely destination for him. The article also briefly mentions that if LaTroy Hawkins reaches the FA Market the Braves, among other clubs are expected to have significant interest.

Kyle's take: Just passing along what we see here. It's really to early to even begin to imagine what the Braves will do this offseason. Presumably, the Braves will be interested in giving their bullpen an overhaul, and Hawkins would be the perfect man to head that. However, Sexson isn't a very likely fit - not only due to his high salary figures, but also the large amount of quality prospects it would take to aquire him from Milwaukee.

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