Arnold's skill set may come across as similar to [then Astros Assistant GM Mark] Elias', but there are a few key differences. While Arnold was also a former director of pro scouting who came up through the scouting ranks on forward-thinking teams, he did so for more teams. In order, he worked for the Dodgers, Rangers, Reds, Rays, and Astros before joining the Brewers — and in doing so, made many of the connections that will help him when it comes to striking up trade conversations.He also learned different organizational structures, and that's a fluency that might be undervalued. How to give employees autonomy so that they can do their jobs the best and feed information upward is an important part of the job. Arnold may have unique insight into what works and what doesn’t in that regard.Lastly, he worked on "biomechanics and human movement analyses" with the Rays, and that sounds like something that speaks to his ability to work with analysts on the best practices for player development.
Sarris' link was to an article on MLB.com from 2015, when Matt Arnold was David Stearns' first hire for the Milwaukee front office to run their scouting and development. The more I read about the man, the more I believe he would be a terrific choice for the job.
Again, I have no idea if Matt Arnold wants the Mets job at all, or if Milwaukee owner Mark Attanasio can block him from interviewing for the job. Rest assured that, now that Arnold's name has been linked with the Mets, anything short of a news conference announcing his hiring will be treated in the press as another failure.
As I noted Sunday, the through-line taken by most of the media will continue to be that everyone is swiping left on the Mets until someone gets the job. However, I believe there will be a reason to be excited once a new PBO is named, whether it turns out to be Matt Arnold or some other supremely qualified baseball lifer.