NEW YORK, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- J.P. Ricciardi has been hired as a special assistant to New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, the team said Tuesday.
Ricciardi was senior vice president of baseball operations and general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays from 2001 until the end of the 2009 season.
"I worked with him for over a decade in Oakland and I know that he's a superb talent evaluator," Alderson said. "He'll be a tremendous resource in a variety of areas."
Ricciardi, 51, assisted Alderson when the latter was Oakland's general manager in the 1990s, spending a total of 16 years with the A's organization.
"I couldn't be more excited to be reunited with Sandy," Ricciardi said. "We enjoyed tremendous success together in Oakland and it's my goal to help duplicate that success here with the Mets."