Mets officially name Billy Eppler their next general manager
Eppler is the 16th general manager in club history
On Thursday night, the Mets officially announced they’ve named Billy Eppler their next general manager, signing him to a four-year contract.
Eppler is the 16th general manager in Mets history.
“I’m so thankful to Steve and Sandy for what I consider an opportunity of a lifetime,” Eppler said in a statement. “We have a lot of work to do and will systematically begin to work towards our goal of building a perennial winner. I also have to thank WME for the amazing opportunity to join their baseball group, which is building something very special.”
Eppler, 46, most recently served as general manager with the Angels after a long tenure with the Yankees under Brian Cashman. He began his baseball operations career as a scout with the Rockies in 2000 and joined the Yankees in 2004. Cashman made Eppler the director of the Yankees professional scouting department in 2005 and served in that role until Cashman promoted him to assistant general manager, a role he served from 2011-2015.
“Billy has the experience, character, and respect of the baseball community that will allow him to attract the players and front office talent to lead the Mets forward,” Mets owner Steve Cohen said. “He is a leader who has worked in two of baseball’s biggest markets and his talents and personality will move us closer to my goal of sustained success.”
Eppler left the Yankees after the 2015 season to become the general manager of the Angels, and was let go following the 2020 season. He has a strong reputation with analytics, the origins of which date back to his work with the Yankees since 2005. He is credited with building the analytics department for both the Yankees and the Angels in his time as a baseball executive.
“Over the past two decades, Billy has been a scout and an assistant GM. He’s also more than familiar with the New York Market. This uniquely qualifies him to lead our efforts going forward,” team president Sandy Alderson said. “He’s smart, he hustles and has a keen eye for identifying talent. He’s going to make us better. I am really pleased that we have someone of his caliber leading the Mets.”
Steve Cohen and Sandy Alderson will hold a news conference at 12:30 PM ET on Friday to announce Eppler as the club’s new general manager.