The New York Mets are still weighing whether or not to bring back hitting coach Chili Davis for the 2020 season, and it sounds like they could be unwilling to give the three-time World Series champion the type of contract he is seeking.
Davis and the Mets have been discussing a new contract, and Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Davis is looking for a multi-year deal.
Mets and Chili Davis still trying to find common ground on a deal that would return Davis as hitting coach. Davis has indicated to team brass he wants a multi-year contract.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) November 7, 2019
The Mets hired Davis prior to last season, and the results were pretty good in his first year with the club. New York ranked 11th in Major League Baseball with a .257 team batting average and 13th in runs scored. It’s possible the Mets aren’t completely sold on Davis and would prefer to give him another one-year deal, and that could have something to do with the way his time with the Chicago Cubs came to an end.
After spending three seasons with the Boston Red Sox from 2015-2017, Davis was hired by the Cubs. He lasted just one year in Chicago after players reportedly gave negative feedback about him.
The New York Mets surprised some people by passing on an experienced candidate for manager in Joe Girardi and hiring a rookie manager in Carlos Beltran.
General manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke a bit on the subject Monday at a news conference introducing Beltran as the team’s new manager. Van Wagenen suggested that Girardi was less open to a collaborative process and that he wasn’t a huge fan of the environment that Girardi might bring.
Looking for why Girardi is not #Mets manager? Van Wagenen mentioned being able to “exhale” when go into mgr office rather than “inhale” in weariness. Said of Beltran that he has “appetite to collaborate.” Became clear in process that BVW did not feel connection with Girardi.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 4, 2019
Girardi is a World Series winner who navigated the gauntlet at Yankee manager for nearly a decade. It was suggested after his departure, however, that he had issues communicating with his players. The comment about collaboration is also telling, as Girardi is experienced enough to have his own opinions about how to manage and operate a clubhouse. Those apparently didn’t go with what the Mets were looking for.
Carlos Beltran is getting the job he sought.
New York Mets will hire Beltran as the team’s next manager, replacing the fired Mickey Callaway, as first reported by Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.
Source: The Mets plan to make Carlos Beltrán their next manager.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) November 1, 2019
Beltran has no coaching experience, having only spent a year as a special assistant with the New York Yankees. He did interview for the Yankees’ open managerial position in 2017, which ultimately went to another inexperienced candidate in Aaron Boone.
The Mets, who are desperately in need of some good press, will bring back a player who was key to their success in the mid-2000s. In seven years as a Met, Beltran hit .280 with 149 home runs, and was a five-time All-Star. By all accounts, he really wanted this job, and now he has it.
The search for a new manager rages on for the New York Mets, and several Tuesday reports suggest that if a clear favorite does not emerge for the job, a “bombshell candidate” could serve as a fallback option.
One person connected to team has said a “bombshell candidate” is in the mix if a clear favorite does not emerge from the current group. Have fun with that one. No way David Wright would ever do this so don’t go down that road btw
— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) October 22, 2019
Who might that “bombshell candidate” be? Some have suggested — and since dismissed — that David Wright could be the guy, while others have batted around names such as Alex Rodriguez, Bobby Valentine, Ron Darling, Keith Hernandez, Joe Torre, Jessica Mendoza, Mike Piazza and even David Cone.
While each and every one of those names would be considered a “bombshell,” what does it say about the confidence in them that they’d be considered a fall-back option behind the likes of Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran and others?
The timing of this report suggests more of a PR move for the Mets to drum up interest in the job, but don’t dismiss the possibility of a legitimate surprise candidate emerging. If New York is unhappy or uncertain about anyone that has interviewed thus far, why not shake things up?
No risk, no reward.
- New York Mets
The New York Mets are adding to their list of interviewees for the team’s open managerial position.
The latest name linked to an interview is longtime player and current ESPN analyst Eduardo Perez, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Perez played 13 seasons in MLB, primarily as a reserve. Though he is known to many for his work on ESPN, he does have coaching experience, having managed in the Puerto Rican league and served on MLB staffs with the Miami Marlins and Houston Astros. He’s also the son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.
Perez does not appear to be a frontrunner for the job, at least not right now. Joe Girardi has been mentioned as a candidate, and there’s another former player who clearly covets the job. The Mets are taking their time and being thorough, and there’s no real indication of who the preferred candidate is at this time.
Many have assumed that the New York Mets will want to hire a manager with previous experience after giving Mickey Callaway his first MLB managerial job did not work out, but we know at least one candidate who does not meet those criteria is being seriously considered.
Carlos Beltran is a “very serious candidate” to become the next manager of the Mets, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports. The former slugger has already been granted an interview with the team, and that is apparently more than just a formality.
Hearing Carlos Beltran is very serious candidate for Mets manager. Has close relationship w/key FO guys Allard Baird and Omar Minaya, both said to support. @Ken_Rosenthal 1st linked CB to job. Interestingly, 3/4 known candidates have no MLB managing experience; also Bell, Shelton
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 11, 2019
Beltran was a fan favorite during his time in New York, where he had a career year with 42 home runs, 116 RBI and an OPS of .982 in 2006. However, Mets owner Fred Wilpon infamously expressed regret over signing Beltran to a seven-year, $119 million contract before the 2005 season when he called himself a “schmuck” in an interview with The New Yorker, so there may be some lingering awkwardness there.
The Mets are pursuing a mix of big names like Joe Girardi and Joe Maddon in addition to some with less experience, but Beltran would probably be a popular hire among fans.
Carlos Beltran appears to be a candidate for the vacant New York Mets managerial position.
Beltran will interview with the Mets in person, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He spent seven years playing for the franchise and has been linked to other managerial posts since retiring.
Carlos Beltrán also will interview in-person with Mets for managerial vacancy, sources tell The Athletic. Beltrán currently working with #Yankees as special adviser to GM. Interviewed for Yankees’ job that went to Aaron Boone. Played for Mets from 2005 to ‘11.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 9, 2019
Beltran obviously lacks hands-on coaching experience, having worked in the Yankees’ front office since his retirement two years ago. It remains to be seen how much that matters to a Mets organization that clearly has designs on winning as quickly as possible. That’s especially true when there is a more accomplished candidate in the running for the same position that many Met fans would like to see get the job.