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Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news?

Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news?

One of the three prominent Major League Baseball manager vacancies is set to be filled.

The New York Mets are finalizing a multi-year contract with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him their next manager, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Wednesday.

Rojas replaces Carlos Beltran, who lost his job along with Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

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Rojas' pending hire also has implications for the Red Sox' manager search, as Boston reportedly has interest in Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.

Meulens may be an eligible candidate after not landing the Mets manager job, but Van Wagenen said the Red Sox haven't requested to speak with the veteran bench coach.

It's possible Boston was waiting to see if Meulens took the New York job and will request an interview with him now that he's available.

It's also possible Meulens will stay on as Rojas' bench coach -- or that the Red Sox prefer to go in a different direction.

In any case, Rojas' hire offers a blueprint for how Boston may replace Cora. The Mets are taking the in-house route by promoting Rojas to his first MLB manager gig rather than adding a seasoned free-agent manager like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter.

Will the Red Sox follow suit as they aim to move past the sign-stealing scandal that took down Cora? The clock is ticking after the Mets took care of their business Wednesday.

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

MLB rumors: Red Sox have shown interest in Hensley Meulens for manager job

The Boston Red Sox need a new manager with pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training in less than a month, and one potential candidate is Hensley Meulens.

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported late Sunday night that Boston has shown interest in New York Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.


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Meulens is a really good option for the Red Sox. Before joining the Mets in November, he spent the last decade with the San Francisco Giants as a hitting coach and bench coach, helping the National League club win World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014. He also managed the Netherlands at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and speaks several languages. Meulens was a candidate for the New York Yankees' manager job in 2017.

The Mets also need a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran last week, and they would be smart to promote Meulens instead of letting him leave for Boston.

The Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora last week after Major League Baseball named him 11 times in a nine-page report detailing the Houston Astros' sign-stealing operation used over the last few years. Cora was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 before joining the Red Sox as their manager for 2018. The MLB report concluded Cora played a key role in creating and implementing Houston's sign-stealing system. The 2018 Red Sox currently are being investigated by the league.

The sign-stealing scandal has resulted in three managers -- Cora, Beltran and Houston's A.J. Hinch -- losing their jobs, and none of these positions have been filled yet.

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Mets follow Red Sox' footsteps, part ways with manager Carlos Beltran

Mets follow Red Sox' footsteps, part ways with manager Carlos Beltran

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal has claimed another victim.

Manager Carlos Beltran and the New York Mets' have agreed to mutually part ways in the wake of his involvement with Houston's sign-stealing operation in 2017, the team announced Thursday.

Beltran's exit comes just two days after the Boston Red Sox parted ways with manager Alex Cora and three days after the Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch.

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Beltran was the only player named in Major League Baseball's report on the Astros, which implicated Cora -- Houston's bench coach at the time -- as one of the masterminds of the operation.

Cora also suggested last June that Beltran, a fellow Puerto Rico native and one of his close friends, helped the New York Yankees steal signs as a special advisor to general manager Brian Cashman.

Beltran won't be punished for anything he did with the Yankees, but his Mets career is over before it even began, as New York just hired the 42-year-old to a three-year contract last November.

Now, Beltran joins Cora and Hinch among the ranks of the unemployed.

UPDATE (1:55 p.m. ET): Here's Beltran's statement following his departure from the Mets: