Mets considering Jeff Pickler for bench coach: reports

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Jeff Pickler in dugout signaling with Reds in 2021
Jeff Pickler in dugout signaling with Reds in 2021

Jeff Pickler is among the candidates for the Mets' vacant bench coach job, per multiple reports.

Pickler, 46, is currently the game planning and outfield coach for the Cincinnati Reds, who hired him in 2019.

Since retiring as a player (he was a minor leaguer for eight seasons), Pickler has also worked as a coach for the Minnesota Twins, been a special assistant in professional scouting and player development for the Los Angeles Dodgers, served as a scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres, and worked as an assistant coach for the University of Arizona.

The Mets are close to finalizing their coaching staff, with bench coach the biggest position still open. They also need to add a bullpen coach and assistant hitting coach.

Eric Chavez is set to be the hitting coach, with the Mets luring him away from the Yankees, where he had recently been announced as an assistant hitting coach.

New York is planning to hire Joey Cora as third base coach, after Cora was recommended to manager Buck Showalter by Terry Collins.

For first base coach, the Mets are expected to hire Wayne Kirby.

Jeremy Hefner, the only coach who was retained when the team moved on from Luis Rojas after the 2021 season, will be the pitching coach.