But the team has a managerial opening and they need to get it right to make sure all the assembled talent can reach their potential in 2022.
That means it may be wise to listen to someone like Scherzer, a veteran of the game, about who he thinks should manage the team with him as the ace.
A report has emerged saying Scherzer does indeed have a favorite.
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) December 7, 2021
Buck Showalter has been linked to the job recently and an endorsement from the team’s new ace is a great sign that the veteran manager will indeed get the job.
Why would the Mets sign Scherzer, only to get a manager who he doesn’t get along with?
Mets Now Have A Clear Favorite
MLB insider Jon Heyman noted recently that this search may take some time.
Only 5 Mets managerial candidates are known so far — Showalter, Ausmus, Espada, Quatraro, Kelly — but with upgraded vetting and a couple interview rounds expected, no hire is expected this week. There also could be a mystery candidate or more (unknown).
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2021
That makes perfect sense, considering the teams are locked out anyway and likely will be for several months.
But there is nothing wrong with getting the favorite candidate and moving forward.
Showalter is 65 years old and has over 1,500 career wins as an MLB manager.
He most recently led the Baltimore Orioles from 2010-2018 and may have retired in that position if the team didn’t take on a full-blown rebuild.
Showalter is also a three-time Manager of the Year winner and easily a top option on the open market.
He serves as an established option and one who can bring a wealth of experience to a franchise just seeking a stable voice in the dugout.
Steve Cohen can make the decision easy and rely on Scherzer’s opinion.
He is paying him $130 million, so it makes sense to listen.
Otherwise, the Mets will just continue the same cycle they have been in for far too long.