Fredi González has reportedly emerged as a candidate to join Carlos Beltrán’s staff as the New York Mets bench coach.
Now, the Mets are in search for someone to fill their bench coach vacancy. Early on, it was rumored that former Mets manager Terry Collins could take over that position. However, it’s since been reported that that won’t happen. Instead, Fredi González has emerged as a candidate to fill the vacancy, per sources close to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
González previously managed the Florida Marlins from 2007-10 and the Atlanta Braves from 2011-16. After the Braves fired him in November of 2016, the Marlins hired him back to be their third-base coach. He was in that role from 2017-2019. González also served as a coach for the Marlins from 1999-2001 and for the Braves from 2003-06 before receiving his first big-league managerial job.
Jerry Narron has also emerged as a candidate for the bench coach position. Narron managed the Texas Rangers from 2001-02 and the Cincinnati Reds from 2005-07. He most recently served as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2017-19.
The Mets are coming off a year in which they saw a late-season surge that just wasn’t enough to clinch a postseason berth. At one point, they were 11 games under .500. New York then finished with a record of 86-76, but they’ll need to clean up their play in the early months of the season under Beltran.