Duquette Eyeing Several Top Scouts For Mets

New Mets general manager Jim Duquette has made it clear that he is going to add at least two veteran scouts to his staff and <i>The Insiders</i> gives you the inside scoop on who could be on their way to Flushing Meadows within the next month.

Duquette asked for and received permission from the Cincinnati Reds to interview special assistant Al Goldis for one of the two scouting positions he wants to fill over the course of the next few weeks. Goldis, also is a close friend of Mets owner Fred Wilpon, has been an assistant to general manager Jim Bowden over the last few years, but there's one problem:

Bowden was fired in July and new GM Dan O'Brien is expected to bring in his own staff. The former Expos, Reds, and Yankees scout is likely gone.

The organization also could potentially be looking at Red Sox special assistant Lee Thomas, former White Sox general manager Ron Schueler, Braves special assignment scout Jim Fregosi, and Blue Jays special assistant Bill Livesey.

In addition, if new Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt decides to revamp his front office a lot more candidates could evolve within a matter of seconds.

The organization will also create a new position that will evaluate players based largely upon statistics, much like the system that the Athletics, Blue Jays, Indians, and Red Sox have applied so successfully over the last few years.

"I want to get as many opinions as possible," said Duquette, who hopes to have his staff in place by the end of November. "I'm more of a collaborative decision-maker. That is my style."

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