Carlos Beltran
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The New York Mets will reportedly conduct in-person interviews with Carlos Beltran, Mike Bell, and Joe Girardi for their vacant manager job.

The main priority for the New York Mets while heading into the early stages of the offseason is to fill their vacant manager position. The ballclub decided to part ways with Mickey Callaway last week after two seasons and zero postseason appearances.

It’s unclear when the Mets will make their decision for whom to hire. However, they’ve taken the next steps.

Per reports, they’re planning to conduct in-person interviews with former Mets centerfielder Carlos Beltran, Diamondbacks Vice President of Player Development Mike Bell, and former New York Yankees skipper Joe Girardi.

On Monday, reports came out that Beltran and the Mets showed mutual interest. This comes after last week’s reports suggested that there was “no chance” Beltran would consider the position.

Bell played one season of major league ball with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000. He spent time in the Mets minor league system.

Girardi appeared on WFAN with Mike Francesa this week to discuss his current situation. Ultimately, the former Bombers and Florida Marlins skipper said that he hopes to get “an opportunity to [manage] again.”

Girardi added that he expects to be in the loop for teams’ managerial searches. This could include the Mets and the Chicago Cubs, who recently parted ways with Joe Maddon.

If the Mets were to stick with Callaway, there would’ve been a reason behind it. This ballclub finished 10 games above .500 after falling to as many as 11 games under .500 at one point. However, with the talent in this lineup and rotation, New York should’ve been a playoff organization, end of story.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.