Manny Acta interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening on Tuesday and is considered a "serious candidate" for the job, a source told Mike Puma of the NY Post.
"He is going to walk in the interview and kick [butt], because he is smart," another source told Puma. "He knows analytics, he understands scouting and he's old school. He's organized, prepared, works well with the coaching staff and front office."
However, the same source said Acta "can't handle controversy," and questioned whether he's cut out to be a manager in New York.
Acta, 48, is currently the third base coach for the Mariners. He is 372-518 in six seasons as a manager. He managed the Nationals from 2007 until he was fired midway through the 2009 season. He then managed the Indians from 2010 to 2012, when he was fired with roughly a week remaining in the season.
He served as Willie Randolph's third base coach for the Mets from 2005 to 2006.
Aside from Acta, the Mets have interviewed current hitting coach Kevin Long, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing, Astros bench coach Alex Cora, and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway >> Click here to see where things stand with the manager search.