Even as MLB is just days removed from the start of the lockout, the rumor mill has still been churning with the New York Mets’ current managerial opening.

The Mets have been on the lookout for a new skipper after opting to decline the 2022 club option for Luis Rojas at the conclusion of the recent season. Numerous current coaches and former managers have surfaced as possible candidates for this job, from Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada to former Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

Former outfielder Curtis Granderson, who spent four years with the Mets as a versatile outfielder, has also been linked with possibly becoming their next manager.

For former Orioles outfielder Adam Jones, he believes that Showalter would be a potent fit for the Mets’ high-profile managerial job, which he recently explained why on Twitter.

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“I think this would be great,” Jones said. “I see a lot of the comments. Folks are literally miserable.

“Also, folks don’t have any idea of the real impact he can make on a ball club. And I’m not just talking players. The Franchise. He made everyone better and accountable!  But someone who won’t read will have the most to say. I hope they get him!!”

It would not be a surprise to even see Mets general manager Billy Eppler interview Showalter, who last managed in 2018 with the Orioles. During his run as Angels general manager, Eppler did have the longtime Baltimore skipper as a contender for Los Angeles’ open managerial job in 2019, but in the end, Joe Maddon was hired to replace Ausmus.

For now, rumors and reports regarding the Mets’ managerial vacancy sure will continue to swirl as the league remains in a lockout.