Mets narrow managerial search to 2 (source)

November 1st, 2019

The Mets' managerial search is down to two: Carlos Beltrán and Eduardo Pérez, a source told's Mark Feinsand on Friday.

That would mean the other finalists, which included Twins bench coach Derek Shelton and Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, are out of the running. Nationals first-base coach Tim Bogar was believed to be a finalist, but he was reportedly eliminated as a candidate before the others.

Both Beltrán and Pérez would be first-time MLB managers -- as was the Mets manager they'd be replacing, Mickey Callaway. Beltrán and Pérez were among the group that made it to a third round of interviews with the Mets, which included a sit-down with owner Fred Wilpon.

Beltrán starred for the Mets for seven seasons from 2005-11, making five National League All-Star teams. He was a candidate for the Yankees’ manager job two years ago before Aaron Boone was hired. This offseason, he said, he was only interested in the Mets' job.

Pérez, a former player like Beltrán, is now a popular ESPN analyst.