Mets hire Banner from Red Sox to head player development

Jared Banner has been hired as the New York Mets' executive director of player development after more than a decade with the Boston Red Sox. The Mets also promoted Ian Levin to senior director of baseball operations on Friday after two years as director of player development, an expanded role that also will include analytics, health and performance. The 32-year-old Banner is a New York native who was Amherst's baseball captain and joined the Red Sox front office as a fellow in 2007.