The Mets announced on Thursday afternoon that team and Carlos Beltran have mutually parted ways, following Beltran's including in Major League Baseball's report on the Astros sign-stealing scandal.
So now the question becomes where to the Mets turn to find their next manager?
According to SNY's Andy Martino, Mets quality control coach Luis Rojas has come up as an internal candidate while early indications are that former manager Terry Collins will not be a candidate for the job.
Other candidates could include Eduardo Perez, a finalist for the job this past November, while SNY's John Harper believes the Mets should hire Buck Showalter.
If the Mets do go with an external candidate, could a former player be an option?
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, Joe McEwing, currently the White Sox bench coach, has made his interest in the Mets job known to acquaintances, calling it his "dream job."
McEwing, who played his college baseball in New Jersey, played five seasons with the Mets from 2000-04. During that span, "Super Joe" appeared in 502 regular season games, hitting .243 with 15 home runs and 107 RBI. McEwing was the ultimately utility man, playing every position for the Mets besides pitcher and catcher.
Puma also notes that McEwing is close to David Wright.
McEwing interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening in 2017 before Mickey Callaway was hired and was a finalist for the job, but he did not interview with the team this time around when Beltran was hired.