CARLSBAD, Calif. — Mike Rizzo hadn’t heard Adam Cromie’s sanction much successful caller years — until recently, erstwhile Rizzo heard from Cormie himself.
Now Rizzo, the Nationals’ longtime president of shot operations, is poised to spot his protégé crook into a rival.
“It’s going to beryllium a large occupation for him, a large jump,” Rizzo said Wednesday, astatine the wide managers’ meetings, astir the imaginable of Cromie becoming the Mets’ GM. “He was susceptible astatine each level that helium worked for us. I deliberation this is simply a earthy progression for him, successful a precise unsocial mode to get this.”
As The Post’s Joel Sherman reported, Cromie, who hasn’t worked full-time successful the shot manufacture since 2017, met with Mets proprietor Steve Cohen connected Tuesday night. The anticipation was that Cromie would beryllium hired arsenic GM arsenic agelong arsenic the gathering went well. That would extremity the Mets’ 2nd prolonged hunt for a shot operations caput successful 2 years. Mets president Sandy Alderson said Wednesday that nary offers had been made yet and aggregate candidates remained connected the radar.
The Nationals hired Cromie arsenic a shot operations intern successful 2007 and helium climbed to adjunct GM by the clip helium departed successful 2017 to prosecute instrumentality full-time successful his hometown of Pittsburgh. Rizzo said Cromie had reached retired to him to inquire for proposal astir his interrogation with Alderson.
“We talked about, ‘What bash you think? What bash you deliberation I’ll beryllium asked?’ ” Rizzo said. “I was blessed to springiness him my insights and accusation successful immoderate mode I could.”
As adjunct GM successful Washington, Rizzo said, Cromie “handled rules and arbitration stuff, roster placements.” The departure from the Nationals was “extremely amicable,” Rizzo added, aft the nine paid for Cromie to be instrumentality schoolhouse portion helium kept moving for Washington.
Cromie, Rizzo said, is “a bully idiosyncratic from a bully family. Smart guy. He’s a bully feline to enactment with.”
And present Rizzo mightiness precise good enactment against him.