With Day 2 of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. taking place, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen took the time to speak with WFAN's Mike Francesa on what the team has done to set up their managerial staff and on what's to come on filling out the rest of their coaching staff.
The Mets have many moves to come as they continue to shore up their coaching staff, as well as dealing with free agency. Plus, they just hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager less than two weeks ago, so this team's got a lot going on this offseason.
Speaking of Beltran, Van Wagenen spoke on what the former Met did to separate himself from the other candidates for the manager position: "From Day 1 and all the way till the end of the process, he was the same guy--he never came across like he was selling, he never came across like he was trying to search for the answers that I wanted to hear, he was Carlos Beltran. And he maintained that throughout the whole process and I respected it and the authenticity will play well to our players."
Van Wagenen touched on the collaboration between the manager and the rest of the front office--including the GM--when it comes to operating the team, saying that it all comes down to being a good teammate and pulling for the guy next to you.
Francesca asked how much say Beltran will have on staff versus how much Van Wagenen himself or other members of the front office will have.
"I think similar to our manager search, relationships matter," Van Wagenen responded. "Having players who are comfortable, having coaches feel comfortable, having the front office feel comfortable, at every step across the chain there, I think it's important."
"Carlos getting the chance to talk to coaches on staff that we had before, Carlos getting the chance to speak with potential candidates for new positions I think is important. At the end of the day it's about finding the people that have the right skill set and having the right people that he feels comfortable with so we could all have that teamwork and collaborative aspect that you talked about."
Van Wagenen also spoke on the Mets' other coaching vacancies--the Mets have been looking at a number of different candidates to be their next pitching and bench coaches: "We need to have somebody who's a communicator, somebody that can relate to the players and can communicate the information in a way that can be easily understood, and somebody that hopefully can be a long term building block to what Carlos will be as we move forward."
Specifically talking on the pitching coach search, Van Wagenen said that the person needs to have the right training, which he noted could come from several different paths, but ultimately would need to have some sort of experience from the professional game when it comes to pitcher development and pitcher-batter confrontation.
When asked if former manager Terry Collins was a candidate to become the next bench coach, Van Wagenen said the team has been careful not to talk about who is and who isn't a candidate, and will wait to make the announcements on all members of their coaching staff once the process is completed.