Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news?

Darren Hartwell
NBC Sports Boston

One of the three prominent Major League Baseball manager vacancies is set to be filled.

The New York Mets are finalizing a multi-year contract with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him their next manager, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen announced Wednesday.

Rojas replaces Carlos Beltran, who lost his job along with Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and Astros manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

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Rojas' pending hire also has implications for the Red Sox' manager search, as Boston reportedly has interest in Mets bench coach Hensley Meulens.

Meulens may be an eligible candidate after not landing the Mets manager job, but Van Wagenen said the Red Sox haven't requested to speak with the veteran bench coach.

It's possible Boston was waiting to see if Meulens took the New York job and will request an interview with him now that he's available.

It's also possible Meulens will stay on as Rojas' bench coach -- or that the Red Sox prefer to go in a different direction.

In any case, Rojas' hire offers a blueprint for how Boston may replace Cora. The Mets are taking the in-house route by promoting Rojas to his first MLB manager gig rather than adding a seasoned free-agent manager like Dusty Baker or Buck Showalter.

Will the Red Sox follow suit as they aim to move past the sign-stealing scandal that took down Cora? The clock is ticking after the Mets took care of their business Wednesday.

Will Red Sox pursue Hensley Meulens in wake of Mets manager news? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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