Sources: Buck Showalter, Joe Espada, Matt Quatraro in second interview for New York Mets manager

Buck Showalter will be among the candidates for a second round of interviews with the New York Mets regarding his vacant manager position, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports.

Puerto Rican Joe Espada will have his second interview on Thursday, while Matt Quatraro will also return to speak with the Mets, sources confirmed to ESPN.

New general manager Billy Eppler, who transitioned from 2015 to 2020 in the Angels’ organization, said last month that he would speak with the baseball operations department about the best approach to hiring a foreman, balancing the factors in the game management. , analytical approach and creating culture in the dressing room.

The Mets fired Luis Rojas after a season in which the team held first place for 103 days, but eventually finished 77-85 and missed the playoffs.

Showalter, 65, has coached the majors for four teams between 1992 and 2018. He won the honors of AL Manager of the Year during stints with the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles. He also managed the Arizona Diamondbacks. He has a career record of 1,551-1,517.

Espada, 46, has previously been interviewed for multiple managerial openings in the major leagues, but has yet to be hired. He has served as the bench coach for the Houston Astros since 2018 after also spending time with the Yankees and Miami Marlins as a third base coach.

Quatraro, 48, has served on the coaching staff for Cleveland and Tampa Bay, where he is the current bench coach.