The New York Mets were granted permission to interview Milwaukee Brewers skipper Craig Counsell for their managerial opening, sources told SNY’s Andy Martino.
The Brewers initially indicated they wouldn’t allow the Mets to interview their longtime manager but have changed direction with Counsell’s contract set to expire at the conclusion of this season.
The 53-year-old is reportedly expected to explore other opportunities, including a return to the Brewers, and New York will interview other candidates, Martino adds.
Counsell has 707 wins and three division titles as Milwaukee’s skipper. He hasn’t indicated his future intentions and wouldn’t comment on his job status following the Brewers’ playoff elimination in the wild-card round.
“That ain’t for tonight, man,” Counsell said at the time, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy.
The Mets have long been connected to Counsell as a potential replacement for Buck Showalter, who departed at the end of a disappointing campaign that saw them finish eight games under .500 after winning 101 the season prior.
New York hired Counsell’s old boss in Milwaukee, David Stearns, as president of baseball operations in September.