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Rumor: Rival executives expect Mets to hire Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi

The New York Mets are considering a number of managerial candidates after firing skipper Mickey Callaway, but rival scouts and executives think the team will hire someone with experience.

John Harper of SNY reports that MLB personnel believe the Mets will hire former Marlins and Yankees manager Joe Girardi:

With that in mind, the early speculation around baseball, at least among the scouts and execs I’ve spoken to this week, is leaning heavily toward the Mets making the obvious move and making Joe Girardi their next manager, if he doesn’t wind up in Chicago with the Cubs instead.

“After what happened with (Mickey) Callaway, I just don’t see how they take a chance on a guy with no experience,” one exec said by phone. “Brodie might be a guy who enjoys the spotlight, but I think he’s smart enough to know he needs to get this right.

“If he goes outside the box and it blows up on him, he’s out the door and he’s not getting another shot at being a GM. If he hires Girardi, he takes what is viewed as a sure thing and he protects himself somewhat because nobody is going to hammer him if it doesn’t work out.”

The Mets have also interviewed former slugger Carlos Beltran and Arizona Diamondbacks VP of player development Mike Bell, but Girardi appears to have the inside track on the job.

Girardi led the Yankees to the 2009 World Series title, but he was fired after the 2017 season, with some reports suggesting he neglected the analytics department on a regular basis.

However, it may not be long before Girardi is back on the bench on the other side of The Big Apple.