In addition to the Mets, the Red Sox are also actively searching for a new manager, and may only be considering three candidates.
According to local and national reports, Astros bench coach Alex Cora is considered the frontrunner.
The Sox interviewed Cora and former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus this past weekend in New York. They interviewed D-backs bench coach and former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire on Wednesday.
Before making a final decision, Boston is expected to conduct a second round of interviews, NBCSports.com's Evan Drellich tweeted earlier this week.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): The way it stands, I assume Cora will take the job in Boston if it is offered to him. My understanding is that if Ausmus doesn't get it, he will sit out and revisit taking a new on-field job in a year or two.
If that's how it plays out in Boston, I suspect the Mets will hire Kevin Long.
On the other hand, if Boston goes with Ausmus (or Gardenhire), Cora will need to choose between the Mets and Tigers. I'm sure he's eager to know if the Nationals will fire Dusty Baker, because DC would be a good gig for him, but so far it has yet to happen.
The point is, the Mets will need to wait on Boston if they hope to hire Cora.
By the way, I just can't believe Manny Acta is being seriously considered in New York. If I'm right about Acta, and if Cora is ticketed for Boston, it sets up Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, or Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway to be the 21st manager of the Mets.