Who's in the mix for A's manager job?

December 7th, 2021

MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding potential manager and general manager changes around the Majors.

Here is a running list of the current job openings:

Manager: Mets, A's

Dec. 6: A's considering candidates for managerial vacancy
A source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Monday that Mark Kotsay has been interviewed for the A's manager opening. According to The Athletic's Britt Ghiroli and MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, other candidates to fill the A's vacancy include Matt Quatraro, Will Venable, Joe Espada, Marcus Jensen and Darren Bush. All six candidates either have already interviewed for the job or are expected to do so.

Kotsay, Jensen and Bush are currently part of the organization as its third-base coach, bullpen coach and hitting coach, respectively, while Quatraro (Rays), Espada (Astros) and Venable (Red Sox) are bench coaches for other clubs.

The A's are looking for a manager to replace the departed Bob Melvin. The team initially picked up Melvin's 2022 club option but allowed him to leave to become the Padres manager earlier this offseason.

Oakland is one of two teams, along with the Mets, that needs a new manager. Quatraro and Espada are also reportedly on New York's list of candidates.

Dec. 7: Mets interviewing candidates for open manager job
The Mets are expected to interview former managers Buck Showalter and Brad Ausmus as well as current Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro for their open managerial job, multiple sources told MLB.com.

SNY's Andy Martino reports that Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren is also set to receive an interview. Before joining Los Angeles, Geren served as the A's manager from 2007-11 and the Mets' bench coach from 2012-15.

Martino previously reported that Pirates bench coach Don Kelly was on the Mets' preliminary list, too.

In MLB Network insider Jon Heyman's view, Showalter, Espada and Ausmus are the early favorites for the job, perhaps in that order.

Ausmus was the only manager new Mets general manager Billy Eppler hired during his tenure as the Angels' GM. As the New York Post detailed last month, the former catcher was fired against Eppler's wishes by owner Arte Moreno after one season and replaced by Joe Maddon. According to the Post's story, Eppler advised Moreno to hire Showalter instead, but the owner opted for Maddon. Moreno then dismissed Eppler after the 2020 season.

Dec. 3: Granderson being considered for Mets job?

Curtis Granderson, a three-time All-Star outfielder who played for the Tigers, Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Blue Jays, Brewers and Marlins over a 16-year MLB career, has had his name come up in internal discussions regarding the Mets' managerial opening, according to FanSided's Robert Murray. But SNY's Andy Martino reports that Granderson is not expected to interview because the Mets are looking for someone with more experience.

Granderson played for the Mets from 2014-17, hitting .239/.341/.444 with 95 home runs in 513 games. Overall, he posted an .803 career OPS with 344 home runs. He retired in January of 2020 after appearing in 138 games for Miami in '19.