NEW YORK — Under different circumstances, hiring a manager would be the Mets’ top priority. And while it’s true that the Mets are eager to name Luis Rojas’ replacement, their hiring of general manager Billy Eppler came so relatively late in the offseason that they pivoted aggressively to player acquisitions. That has made the managerial hiring something of a second-tier issue.
Still, a hire is likely to happen sooner rather than later. Here’s a look at some possible candidates for the job:
Resume: Angels manager (2019); Tigers manager (2014-17); Team Israel manager (2012); 18-year playing career
As soon as the Mets named Eppler their GM, Ausmus became an obvious managerial candidate. It was Eppler who hired Ausmus as Angels manager before the 2019 season, and although that arrangement lasted only one year, that was mostly because Angels owner Arte Moreno reportedly wanted to hire Joe Maddon once he became available. If Eppler liked Ausmus once, he’s liable to like him again. It’s also worth noting that Ausmus is a Dartmouth College alumnus, just like Mets president Sandy Alderson and his son, assistant GM Bryn Alderson. And Ausmus spent one year managing new Mets pitcher Max Scherzer, with Detroit in 2014, providing a common thread between those two and Eppler.
The downside is that Ausmus holds a losing record over five seasons as a Major League manager, including multiple 90-loss seasons.
Resume: Marlins third-base coach (2010-13); Yankees…