The New York Mets today announced the team has signed Billy Eppler to a 4-year contract to be the club’s 16th General Manager.
Eppler, 46, served as the Los Angeles Angels General Manager from 2015-2020 and worked for the New York Yankees in a variety of capacities from 2004-2015, rising to Assistant General Manager, before joining the Angels on October 4, 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," said Mets Owner, Chairman, and CEO Steve Cohen. "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."
During his time with the Angels, Eppler signed Shohei Ohtani in December, 2017, agreed on a 12-year extension with Mike Trout just before the 2019 season and tabbed Joe Maddon as the team’s manager during the 2019 offseason.
Eppler joined WME Sports as part of their baseball representation in September, 2021.
"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," said Mets President Sandy Alderson. "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."
"I'm so thankful to Steve and Sandy for what I consider an opportunity of a lifetime," said Mets GM Billy Eppler. "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."
Watch the introductory press conference live on Friday at 12:30PM on Mets.com, Mets YouTube and Facebook, and SNY.
How do I feel about this signing? Honestly I have no feelings on it. Whatever it ends up being it ends up being and is out of my control.