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Mets close to naming new manager (report)

Mets close to naming new manager (report)

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This is a one-stop shop for the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager/GM changes and candidates around MLB.

Teams with manager vacancies: Angels, Astros, Brewers, Guardians, Mets, Padres
Teams with president of baseball operations/GM vacancies: Marlins

Nov. 5: Mets close to naming new manager (report)
We could find out who will be the next Mets manager by the end of the upcoming week. There appear to be two top options: Craig Counsell and Carlos Mendoza.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Counsell is expected to choose a team to manage — the Mets, Guardians or Brewers — within a few days. If Counsell doesn’t come to New York, the Mets’ attention would turn to Mendoza, who has “emerged as a very strong candidate” per Martino. Mendoza, the Yankees’ bench coach, has also interviewed for the managerial openings in Cleveland and San Francisco. He is scheduled to interview with San Diego this weekend.

“The only scenario that could seemingly delay the Mets’ process beyond this week is if both Counsell and Mendoza take jobs elsewhere,” Martino wrote.

Nov. 5: Mendoza, Vogt favorites for Cleveland job if Counsell signs elsewhere (report)
In the event that Craig Counsell returns to Milwaukee or goes to the Mets, the Guardians apparently have two favorites for their manager vacancy.

According to a report from Paul Hoyes of Cleveland.com, Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza and Mariners bench coach Stephen Vogt would be favorites for the job. Like Counsell, Mendoza is involved in the process for the Mets’ managerial vacancy, so there are a number of ways this situation could end up. Essentially, it looks like Counsell and Mendoza are viewed as favorites for the Guardians, Mets and Brewers — potentially leaving one of those teams needing to look elsewhere for a manager.

Nov. 5: Showalter a finalist for Angels vacancy (report)
Former Mets manager Buck Showalter is among several finalists to become the Angels’ next manager, MLB Network insider Jon Paul Morosi reported Sunday.

Showalter has a connection to Angels general manager Perry Minasian, who was a scout and a coaching assistant with the Rangers while Showalter served as Texas’ manager from 2003-06. According to Morosi, Showalter has already spoken with the Angels about the job.

MLB Network insider Jon Heyman, in an article for the New York Post, wrote Thursday that Showalter “may be a favorite this time,” citing consideration of Showalter before the Angels chose Joe Maddon in 2019.

Showalter, who has managed five clubs over 22 seasons, most recently helmed the Mets for the past two. If he joins the Angels, he would be their fourth manager since the start of 2019. They decided not to retain Phil Nevin, who went 119-149 as the Angels’ manager after taking over midway through the 2022 season.

In the New York Post article, Heyman added that other candidates who “may be considered” include former Angels stars Torii Hunter, Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon, none of whom has previous managerial experience.

Nov. 5: Padres begin interviews for managerial vacancy
With Bob Melvin installed as the Giants’ manager, the Padres have a managerial opening for the third time since the end of 2019. They began the process of finding Melvin’s successor on Oct. 25 by interviewing senior advisor Mike Shildt, according to Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune. Acee reports the club had plans to bench coach/offensive coordinator Ryan Flaherty on Oct. 27. He later reported on Nov. 3 that the Padres are set to interview Yankees bench coach Carlos Mendoza.

Among the Padres’ internal candidates, MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell recently wrote that Shildt and Flaherty “have seemingly risen to the forefront to replace Melvin in San Diego.”

Shildt served as the Cardinals’ manager — first on an interim basis in 2018 and full-time from 2019-21 — before joining Melvin’s staff. In 2019, St. Louis won the NL Central and Shildt was named NL Manager of the Year. The Cardinals made three playoff appearances under his watch, but he was dismissed following his third season.

Flaherty joined the Padres in 2019, soon after he finished his eight years as an MLB player. He started out as an advance scout and development coach. He was the team’s quality control coach in 2022 before being promoted prior to this season. He was San Diego’s interim manager for 11 games in 2022 while Melvin recovered from prostate surgery and would be the youngest manager in the Majors at 37 years old.

The Padres have started interviewing external managerial candidates as well. According to The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli and Dennis Lin, San Diego is in various stages of the interview process with former Angels manager Phil Nevin and current Angels infield coach Benji Gil. MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported on Nov. 5 that Gil had officially interviewed for the Padres’ position.

The Angels announced that Nevin, who managed the club from June 2022 through the end of the 2023 season, would not return for the ’24 season shortly after the season ended. Gil, meanwhile, is viewed as a possible managerial candidate for several clubs — including the same Angels team he’s coached for since the 2022 season.

Nov. 3: Counsell looking to ‘reset market for manager salary’ (report)
A report from Curt Hogg and Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel indicates that free-agent manager Craig Counsell is still very interested in returning to Milwaukee, with the caveat that the Brewers will match any top offer. In fact, the report breaks it down by this very simple equation.

“If the Brewers match the top offer – which is most likely to come from the Mets and would set a new bar for manager salaries across the league – they will almost certainly retain him. If not, Counsell will be managing somewhere else in 2024,” Hogg and Rosiak reported.

According to their sources, Counsell is “motivated by resetting the market for managers” and isn’t compelled to take a hometown discount.

This comes a day after Counsell was set to formally interview in person for the Mets’ managerial opening on Thursday, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

In an article for the New York Post on Monday, MLB Network insider Jon Heyman and Mike Puma reported that Counsell is “serious” about his interest in the Mets despite his longtime ties to his native Wisconsin and the Brewers organization. Joining the Mets would reunite him with former Brewers president David Stearns, now the Mets’ president of baseball operations.

The Mets and Brewers aren’t the only teams interested in Counsell. According to The Athletic’s Zack Meisel and Will Sammon, Counsell was set to interview with the Guardians earlier this week.

Oct. 26: 10 potential managerial candidates for Astros
How will the Astros replace Dusty Baker? Well, no one can really replace Baker, one of baseball’s most accomplished managers and affable characters. Houston has a roster capable of making another championship run, but there’s a void in the Astros’ dugout as Baker heads into retirement.

MLB.com’s Astros beat writer Brian McTaggart took a look at 10 possible candidates for the vacancy. His list includes four names that have experience as a big league manager. More >

Oct. 26: Dusty Baker announces retirement
Dusty Baker, who came out of retirement nearly four years ago and led the Astros to two trips to the World Series, including his first championship as a manager in 2022, announced his retirement Thursday after 26 seasons as manager.

Baker finishes his career as one of the most accomplished managers in history with a résumé that includes 2,183 wins in the regular season, which is the seventh-most in history. More >

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