Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is reportedly considered the favorite to become the franchise's next manager, according to the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch.
The Mets already interviewed Long, who has been the team's hitting coach for the past three seasons, and plan to conduct interviews with several other candidates throughout the week.
They will interview Astros bench coach Alex Cora on Tuesday and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway on Wednesday. Mariners third base coach Manny Acta will interview with the team later this week, and former Mets infielder Joe McEwing also plans to interview with New York.
GM Sandy Alderson's list of possible replacements for Terry Collins, who resigned at the end of the season, also includes Bob Geren, Chip Hale and Sandy Alomar Jr.
Brad Ausmus, the Tigers' former manager, declined an interview with the Mets and has already interviewed with the Red Sox. Former White Sox manager Robin Ventura hasn't expressed interest in the Mets' vacancy.
Former Mets and current Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson, who played under Long as a Met and as a Yankee, said he believes Long has the potential to succeed in a managerial role.
"If that were to happen, then obviously he would be up for the challenge," Granderson said earlier this month. "He's always energetic, he communicates, which I think is the biggest thing a manager needs to have."
Prior to joining the Mets, Long served as Yankees hitting coach from 2007 to 2014. A career minor leaguer, Long hit .273 with 14 home runs and 241 RBIs at the Double-A and Triple-A levels from 1989 to 1996.