Mets to interview Riggleman, Geren

Mets to interview Riggleman, Geren

The Mets will interview former Major League managers Jim Riggleman and Bob Geren for the job of bench coach as early as Wednesday, according to an ESPN report.

Citing an anonymous source within the organization, the report said that in addition to those with Riggleman and Geren, other interviews were being arranged as of Monday night. General manager Sandy Alderson previously indicated that the Mets are looking for a bench coach who has more Major League managing experience than former bench coach Ken Oberkfell, and Riggleman and Geren certainly fit that description.

Riggleman, 58, resigned from his job as Nationals manager 75 games into the 2011 season, his third with the club. He accepted a position as a special assignment scout for the Giants shortly after leaving Washington, and his knowledge of the National League -- especially the NL East -- would make him a natural fit on manager Terry Collins' staff.

Geren is also fresh off a Major League managing job, having been dismissed by the A's after 63 games this season. The 50-year-old had been Oakland's skipper since 2007.

Former big league managers John McLaren and Larry Bowa have also been considered, according to the ESPN report, but Bowa is likely out of the running. McLaren served as the Mariners' skipper for parts of the 2007 and 2008 seasons and was Washington's interim manager for three games this season until former Mets manager Davey Johnson took over, spending the rest of the season as a scout in the Nationals organization.

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.