Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy and Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar had been on the shortlist for the job. However, Jon Heyman reports that Murphy is no longer in the running, and according to Joel Sherman the Mets have decided against bringing Bogar back for a third interview.
The Mets‘ search to replace fired manager Mickey Callaway is in the final stages. A source tells MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mets settled on two finalists for the manager job: former major-leaguers Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran.
Barring trades, the Mets in 2020 will return notable names like Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, and Robinson Cano. Less certain, however, is ownership’s willingness to invest further in payroll. Whoever gets the job will be tasked with dealing with the uncertainties that come from working under the Wilpon family while also improving lines of communication over and above what Callaway was able to achieve. All of that, though, is secondary to getting the Mets back to the postseason for the first time since 2016. The Mets moved on from Callaway after two seasons in which the former Indians pitching coach guided them to a 163-161 record and no playoff appearances. In 2018, the Mets under Callaway went 77-85 and finished in fourth place in the NL East. This past season, they finished with 86 wins and a third-place finish, but that wasn’t enough to spare Callaway’s job. The next manager will be the first hired by GM Brodie Van Wagenen, who took over control of the team prior to this past season.