What’s Up with the Mets? 💭
Joey Cora is close to joining Buck Showalter’s staff as the club’s third base coach (New York Post).
Clayton McCullough - who interviewed for the team’s managerial opening before they hired Showalter - could be considered for their bench coach opening (New York Post)
Elian Soto - the younger brother of Nationals star Juan Soto - intends to sign with the Mets during the 2022 international signing period (SNY)
Cora’s playing career spanned 11 seasons with four clubs. He began his career with the Padres in 1987 before moving onto the White Sox in 1991. He then hit the arc of his career when he moved onto the Mariners for the 1995 season, the beginning of a four-year run during which he hit .293/.355/.406 with Seattle.
Cora began his coaching career in the Mets organization and moved on to the White Sox in 2003 as Ozzie Guillen’s third base coach and then his bench coach in 2006. He and Guillén were let go by the White Sox after the 2011 season and immediately moved on to be Guillen’s bench coach for the Marlins in 2012.
He joined the Pirates organization as the manager of their Double-A affiliate in 2016 and had served as the club’s third base coach since 2017 before he was let go following the 2021 season.