As the Mets' bench coach search rolls on, another name has emerged. Ron Wotus, whose status with the Giants is unclear after the hiring of Gabe Kapler as manager, has interviewed with the Mets, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic.
Terry Collins was the preference of new manager Carlos Beltran to be his bench coach, but the Mets will be going in a different direction -- with Collins staying on as a special adviser to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
Wotus, a 58-year-old native of Connecticut, was the Giants' bench coach from 1998 to 2017 and has worked as their third base coach for the last two seasons. During his time with the Giants, he has also interviewed for open manager jobs with the Pirates, Dodgers, Mariners, Rays, and Nationals.
The Mets' bench coach job will be extra important this season, as whoever gets the gig will be the right-hand man Beltran as he learns the ins and outs of managing.
Aside from bench coach, the Mets are conducting a search for pitching coach that has included University of Michigan coach Chris Fetter and former Mets pitcher/current Twins coach Jeremy Hefner.
Van Wagenen said on Tuesday that no announcements will be made regarding coaching staff positions until the entire staff is filled.