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The New York Mets and Carlos Beltran reportedly have a growing mutual interest in one another when it comes to the vacant manager job.

The top priority heading into the offseason for the New York Mets will be to find a new manager. The team decided to part ways with Mickey Callaway last week after two seasons and zero postseason appearances. It’s not clear when New York will interview candidates and make their decision. However, one candidate could very well be a former Mets centerfielder.

After reports came out last week that Carlos Beltran had no interest in becoming the team’s new manager, the narrative has shifted. Per Andy Martino of SNY, there’s actually growing interest between Beltran and the team when it comes to the vacant manager job.

Martino writes, “Mets officials have been doing background work on Carlos Beltran in recent days, trying to determine if he is ready to be a manager, according to major league sources.”

There were originally concerns that tension was present between Beltran and the ballclub he played for from 2005-11. This, beginning with the fact that Beltran underwent knee surgery in 2010, a decision that the ballclub disagreed with. However, one source close to the Mets has said that that’s “all in the past,” per Martino.

Individuals the Mets could have on their shortlist for their new manager position also include Joe Girardi, Buck Showalter, David Cone, and Joe Maddon. Whomever they do end up hiring will need to utilize this ballclub’s weapons effectively in order to help New York reach the postseason for the first time since 2016.

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