Mets manager search: Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Mike Bell to be interviewed

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Two familiar names and one candidate with an under-the-radar profile reportedly will interview for the Mets' managerial opening.

The team is beginning its screening process with phone interviews, MLB Network reported Wednesday, but former Yankees and Marlins manager Joe Girardi will get a full interview.

Yankees special adviser Carlos Beltran and Diamondbacks farm director Mike Bell also will be interviewed in person, The Athletic reported.

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Girardi, who currently is serving as an analyst for Fox Sports coverage of the postseason, is in line to interview for several of the eight vacancies around MLB. He has spent the last two seasons on the sidelines after the Yankees declined to renew his contract following a 2017 ALCS loss to the eventual champion Astros, but has made clear he hopes to get back into managing.

The other two would be first-time managers, as the recently fired Mickey Callaway was, though both have interviewed for MLB jobs in recent offseasons.

Beltran, the 42-year-old former outfielder, played for the Mets from 2005-11. He has plenty of familiarity with the franchise and vice versa, but he also has spoken critically about the Wilpon family in the past, perhaps presenting a hurdle to be accepted by ownership.

Bell, 44, is the younger brother of Reds manager David Bell. He has worked for Arizona's front office for 13 years after a stint as a minor league manager following his playing career.

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Bell interviewed for the Rangers and Orioles jobs last year and Beltran did the same for the Yankees opening in 2017 after Girardi's departure.

Other potential candidates with managerial experience include Buck Showalter and John Gibbons.

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