A show of hands please: How many of you are enthralled with the Mets’ managerial search? I’m not either.
Today came word former Mets coach Manny Acta, who managed Washington and Cleveland, will interview later this week. Astros coach Alex Cora, who reportedly is a frontrunner in Boston after his interview Sunday, interviewed today.
The cynic in me suggests the Mets waited until the Astros were in town for the ALCS so they could save on airfare.
Mets hitting coach Kevin Long met with GM Sandy Alderson last week. Former Detroit manager Brad Ausmus rejected the Mets, while Bob Geren, one of the first names mentioned, hasn’t even been contacted. Robin Ventura and Chip Hale were also brought up early, but that was nearly three weeks ago.
Long’s managerial experience is restricted to Single-A.
Again, the most experienced candidate out there is former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire, but his name hasn’t been mentioned.
Alderson is waiting for something. I just wish I knew what it was.
NOT BANKING ON FRAZIER: The Mets had their chances at third baseman Todd Frazier in previous winters. They’ll have a chance again this offseason, but it’s not going to happen.
The 31-year-old Frazier made $12 million this season, and can you really expect the Mets to surpass that next year?
You know as well as I do that’s too rich for Alderson’s blood.
At his age, Frazier has one more big payday left and I’m thinking he’ll want three years, and he won’t get it from the Mets.