MLB is investigating former Mets general manager Billy Eppler, who unexpectedly resigned earlier Thursday, over alleged improper use of the injured list, according to a report from Mike Puma, Joel Sherman, Jon Heyman, and Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post.
Per the report, Eppler has yet to speak with officials from MLB in regard to the ongoing investigation, but is expected to cooperate with the probe. He resigned in order to avoid becoming a potential distraction to the organization.
Specifics of the investigation were not revealed.
The team announced that Eppler was resigning on Thursday afternoon after two seasons as New York’s general manager. Earlier this week, David Stearns was named the franchise’s president of baseball operations, a position Steve Cohen has been longing to fill throughout his ownership of the team. Stearns’s position was supposed to be above Eppler’s within the front office.
“I wanted David to have a clean slate and that meant me stepping down,” said Eppler in a statement on Thursday. “I hope for nothing but the best for the entire Mets organization.”
During his introductory press conference, Stearns had said he was “looking forward to” working alongside Eppler.
Eppler was hired after the 2021 season and signed a four-year contract with the Mets following the departure of former acting GM Zack Scott.