The New York Mets are looking for a manager for the third time since 2017. Who will grab the reins in Queens to lead a talented but underachieving roster? Here are the odds on some of the top candidates via DraftKings Sportsbook.
New York Mets next manager odds
Carlos Beltran +600
Joe McEwing +850
Joe Espada +950
Bob Melvin +1000
Will Venable +1400
Matt Quatraro +1400
Buck Showalter +1400
Brad Ausmus +1500
Ron Washington +1500
It’s difficult to envision someone with no previous MLB managerial experience getting the gig here. Owner Steve Cohen operates unconventionally, but after the franchise’s failures under first-time managers Mickey Callaway and Luis Rojas, isn’t a move toward more experience to be expected here? With that said, I wouldn’t consider the likes of McEwing, Venable or Beltran, who was the Mets’ manager for about five minutes before resigning after his role in the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme was uncovered.
Although Espada hasn’t managed in the majors yet, he has been interviewing for such jobs for three years now and is someone many teams consider to be a manager-in-waiting. However, that’s probably not a splashy enough hire for Cohen. Bob Melvin had his option picked up by the Athletics during the summer, so he’s still under contract and would have to come via trade. Brad Ausmus can’t keep failing up.
I think the best bets here are Showalter (+1400) — who has said he would definitely listen to the Mets if they called — Washington (+1500), and Bruce Bochy (+3500). They provide the experience the Mets need and the Q score that Cohen covets.
There are no odds on Mike Shildt since he was just dismissed on Thursday, but he would make a lot of sense here, too.
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