Now that the Mets and Carlos Beltran have parted ways, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen will have to hire a second new manager for 2020 before the team opens spring training with pitchers and catchers reporting on Feb. 11.
Where will Van Wagenen look? Remember, the Astros and Red Sox are also scrambling to hire new managers after A.J. Hinch was fired in Houston and Alex Cora and the Red Sox agreed to part company in Boston. It’s all because of the sign stealing scandal that has engulfed baseball.
Here are some Mets candidates:
Eduardo Perez. The ESPN analyst was reportedly the Mets’ second choice. He’s still available to go from the broadcast booth to the dugout.
Luis Rojas. The Mets quality-control coach could be a quality manager. But is it too early for him to take the reins, especially in this fractured situation that may call for an experienced hand?
Tony DeFrancesco. The former manager of the Triple-A Syracuse Mets, now the team’s first-base coach, interviewed for the job that went to Beltran.
Tim Bogar. The former Mets infielder and current Nationals first base coach was also part of Van Wagenen’s original group of interviewees.
Hensley Meulens. The former bench coach under Bruce Bochy has been a managerial candidate for several years. Or the Mets could just reach out to . . .
Bruce Bochy. The likely future Hall of Famer leads an impressive group of veteran managers who are without a job and could be interested in the Mets’ potentially win-now roster.
Buck Showalter. The former Yankees (and others) manager is reported to be a candidate in Houston.
John Gibbons. The former Mets catcher is also on the Astros’ short list.
Dusty Baker. Another seasoned skipper who would bring a world of experience to the party.
Terry Collins. The fiery one is still in the Mets’ employ as a special advisor and never wanted to leave the dugout to begin with.
A.J. Hinch (2021 candidate). If Van Wagenen decides to go the interim route, here’s one factor to consider: Hinch, who was suspended by MLB for one year, will eligible for reinstatement before the 2021 season. Van Wagenen, who was the best man at Hinch’s wedding, mentioned on Thursday’s conference call that he has spoken to Hinch since the well-regarded, World Series-winning manager was fired by the Astros.
Joe Girardi. Sorry. The Phillies already hired him. The Mets wanted Beltran, remember, so they let Girardi go to their NL East rivals without granting him a second interview. Oops.