Report: Eduardo Perez To Interview For Mets Job

Alex Greenberg
October 14, 2019 - 2:07 pm
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While the other baseball club in New York fights for a trip to the World Series, the Mets are looking for a new manager.

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Carlos Beltran came out recently and said that he turned down opportunities to interview with the Padres and Cubs because he is only interested in being the Mets manager. Beltran has already interviewed for the opening, according to multiple reports, but he’s not the only one coming in to discuss the position.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets will also interview Eduardo Perez for the job.

Perez is currently an analyst for both ESPN and Sirius XM. He doesn’t have any managerial experience at the major league level, but he did play in the big leagues from 1993 until 2006. He’s probably best known for his time with the California Angels, the Reds and the Cardinals.

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The Cincinnati native has managed the Puerto Rican and Colombian national teams. He was a hitting coach for the Marlins from 2011-2012 and a bench coach for the Astros in 2013.

According to SNY's Andy Martino, this will be a second interview for Perez with the Mets. The first interview was conducted over the phone. 

The 50-year-old joins a list of candidates that also includes Beltran, Joe Girardi, Derek Shelton, Mike Bell and Luis Rojas. WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Friday that Beltran has emerged as a "very serious candidate" for the job. It’s unclear, but the others have either already interviewed for the job or are scheduled to do so this week.

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Girardi is the only person on that list with previous experience managing in Major League Baseball, but he may be plucked up by another suitor. As of Monday, there were still eight managerial vacancies around the league.

It’s tough to know what kind of manager Perez would be, but if the Mets decide to go with someone without experience, Beltran seems like the more likely choice.