The Mets will retain Kevin Long for the 2018 season, though his title for 2018 is not yet known.
Long, who has been the Mets' hitting coach since 2015, is interested in replacing Terry Collins as manager.
"Kevin Long has expressed an interest in possibly interviewing for the manager's position, and that certainly will be given strong consideration," Mets GM Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday.
Long's contract as hitting coach expires on Oct. 31.
Pat Roessler, who has been serving as an assistant hitting coach, will also return. Glenn Sherlock, who took over as third base coach this season, is under contract for 2018 and will return in the same capacity.
The Mets have given permission for bench coach Dick Scott (who Alderson said he doesn't believe will return), first base coach Tom Goodwin, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones to speak with other teams, pending the conclusion of the club's managerial search.
Bones, who has been the Mets' bullpen coach since 2012, is reportedly an option to replace pitching coach Dan Warthen, who has been offered another role in the organization.
Matthew Cerrone: I can't get a read on if Long is or isn't a legit candidate to be manager. The Mets are going to interview him, that is clear. I've heard insiders speculate that Alderson is simply doing Long a favor by putting the managerial spotlight on him, while getting him direct experience with the interview process, because he does hope to be in that role one day.
However, the fact that the team's statement Tuesday only notes that Long will be returning in 2018, while not designating a specific role, indicates that his future job has yet to be determined. It could be he ends up returning to being the hitting coach. Or, it could be he is their next manager? Or, it could be he's the next bench coach (with Pat Roessler taking over for Long)? As I said, I don't have a good read on anything other than the options. I only know I'm glad Long will at least remain involved...