Carlos Beltran remains very much for the Mets leadership job while waiting for a second interview with the club.
According to one industry source, the Mets have requested permission from the Yankees to talk to Beltran for a second when they testify with their candidate lists to fill the boss. Beltran, a special assistant with the Yankees, is one of eight famous candidates. His first interview with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen came before ALCS started.
Beltran has advocates for assistant GM Allard Baird and special assistant Omar Minaya, who both have a long relationship with the former All-Star outfielder. Baird was executive at the Royals when Beltran was drafted by Kansas City in 1
After helping the Astros to win the World Series 2017, his final season as a player, Beltran was considered the Yankees leader opening that went to Aaron Boone. The fact that Beltran has survived for so long in the Mets leadership search indicates that he has reached an armistice with team owner Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon, with whom he failed in the latter part of his Mets career. Beltran indicated last week that he only wanted to be considered for the Mets leadership job and had declined opportunities to interview for other openings.
Joe Girardi, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, Derek Shelton, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar and Skip Schumaker are the other well-known candidates to replace Mickey Callaway, who was fired after the season. Girardi is reportedly getting a second interview on Monday with the Phillies, who are also considering Buck Showalter and Dusty Baker for their job. Girardi, who guided the Yankees to their last World Series title in 2009, has also interviewed for the Cubs opening. Shelton, the Twins bench coach, has been linked to the Pirates leadership.
Other than the Mets, Phillies, Cubs and Pirates, the Padres, Giants and Royals are also looking for new managers. The Angels hired Joe Maddon to fill his vacancy last week.
Girardi is the only known candidate with previous experience in the major league, but there have been questions about "collaboration" – an important buzzword in Van Wagenen's vocabulary – being part of his game, as the front office expects to have significant input in how the game is handled.
Unless the Mets name a manager on Monday, they will have to wait until at least Thursday – the first day of travel during the World Series – to announce a rental. Teams are discouraged by MLB from making significant announcements on game days during the World Series.