Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview with the Mets this week, according to Newsday's Marc Carig, and is expected to meet with the Red Sox to interview for their managerial vacancy, according to The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy.
While Cora is also reportedly drawing interest from the Philadelphia Phillies and Detroit Tigers, he is considered Boston's top managerial candidate, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
A 14-year MLB veteran, Cora has been a GM and manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League and served as the country's GM in the World Baseball Classic this spring. He interviewed for several managerial positions last winter, but ultimately joined Houston's coaching staff last November.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has given Cora "a very positive endorsement," according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, and former Mets and current Astros outfielder Carlos Beltran also spoke highly of Cora and his ability to work with the team.
"Alex has been a huge part of this team," Beltran said earlier this October. "He will be a great manager. He takes a lot of pride in studying the game. He takes a lot of pride into his relationship with the players."
The Mets are looking to replace Terry Collins after he resigned at the end of the season, and Cora is among several candidates for the opening. GM Sandy Alderson's reported list of possible candidates includes hitting coach Kevin Long, Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway, former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, former Mets players Robin Ventura, Joe McEwing (who will also interview with the team this week), Sandy Alomar Jr., and former coaches Bob Geren and Chip Hale.