The Amazin's are wasting little time in getting their managerial search underway. New York will reportedly have sit-down interviews with former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, former Met Carlos Beltran, and Diamondbacks V.P. of Player development Mike Bell, son of former MLB manager Buddy Bell and brother to Reds manager David Bell.
The Mets appear to be primed to pick among those top three candidates as soon as this week. It would behoove the Wilpons to pick a a manager with big league experience and championship experience at that and only Girardi fits the bill for those requisites.
With the Yankees advancing to the NLCS and likely dominating the attention of New York sports fans, the Mets can make a splash by hiring the former Bronx Bomber manager.
Time is of the essence as the Amazin's need to piece together a broken bullpen and bring in a manager that will align with the front office and be okay with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen peering over his shoulder. Girardi and Yankees GM Brian Cashman were reportedly at odds over the front office's desire to stick to what the analytics was telling them above Girardi's gut and intuition.
While Girardi is more analytics-drive than most old-school managers, he's going to likely want a hefty payday and the autonomy to do his job without the front office constantly dictating everything from daily lineup changes to defensive shifts and bullpen management.
While the role of manager has shrunk since Girardi roamed the dugout from 2009-2017, his championship pedigree is head and shoulders above the rest of the candidates.
New York's only worry would be that Girardi could jet for Chicago to manage the team he started playing with at the Major League level in the Cubs.
Time will tell what will happen, but by the looks of it, the Mets could name their new manager as soon as next week.