Mets have talked to Joey Cora about joining coaching staff

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Joey Cora with Pirates 2021
Joey Cora with Pirates 2021

The Mets have talked to Joey Cora about joining their coaching staff, but have not yet made an offer to a third base coach, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The 56-year-old Cora spent the last five seasons as a coach with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and has also had coaching stints with the Miami Marlins (2012) and Chicago White Sox (2004 to 2011).

Cora, whose brother is Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, was a candidate for Mets bench coach in 2019.

He became a coach following his retirement from the majors in 1998 after a career that began in 1987 and featured stops with the San Diego Padres, White Sox, Seattle Mariners, and Cleveland.

With Jeremy Hefner having been retained, the Mets still need to hire a third base coach, bench coach, hitting coach, first base coach, and bullpen coach for Buck Showalter's staff.

Per the New York Post's Mike Puma, two possibilities for bench coach are former manager John Russell and Los Angeles Dodgers first base coach Clayton McCullough.

Russell, 60, managed the Pirates from 2008 to 2010 and was a coach for the Baltimore Orioles from 2011 to 2018 -- a stint that overlapped with Showalter's tenure as manager there.

McCullough, 42, interviewed for the Mets' manager job before it went to Showalter.