Report: Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran To Have In-Person Interview For Mets Job

Mike Bell Also Rumored As Candidate

Alec Gearty
October 09, 2019 - 3:11 pm
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Joe Girardi has a handful of options to return to coaching, and the Mets are taking a serious look at bringing the skipper aboard.  

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According to WFAN's Jon Heyman, Girardi is one name "sure to get a sit-down interview." The Mets are still in the process of sorting out the list of potential candidates, but Heyman says Girardi's familiarity with New York and the National League makes him a viable choice above the rest of the field. 

The odds are in Girardi's favor to be named the Mets' next manager. 

Girardi (5-1) is the odds on favorite to replace the recently fired Mickey Callaway, per BetOnline.Ag. Buck Showalter, the other notable name Heyman listed, is listed as at 8-1 while Joe Maddon, who is heavily rumored to take the Angels job, is at 20-1 odds. 

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Former Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran will warrant a sit-down interview, as well. Beltran's odds to lead his former club are currently 12-1. 

Beltran plans to interview for the gig in person, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. He currently serves as a special adviser to Yankees' general manager Brian Cashman. He has no managerial experience, but SNY's Andy Martino reports there is mutual interest between both sides. 

Despite his brief hesitation in showing interest, Beltran told MLB.com's Nathalie Alonso he would "have to listen" if Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen approached him. Beltran turned down an opportunity to interview for the Padres' managerial vacancy earlier in the offseason, and he could be an intriguing option for the Mets. 

Hiring a first-time manager isn't a route the Mets have strayed from in the past — notably with Callaway and Willie Randolph. But Girardi is the marquee name in today's market. 

The Mets, however, aren't the only club interested in hiring Girardi. The former Yankees manager is scheduled to meet with the Cubs on Wednesday regarding the team's vacancy, according to The Chicago Tribune. Chicago fired Joe Maddon on Sept. 29 following his fifth year with the team.