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The New York Mets have commenced their second round of interviews as they near the end of their search for a new manager, per ESPN's Buster Olney. Recent reports had the Mets narrowing their candidate list to three names: veteran skipper Buck Showalter and potential first-time managers Joe Espada and Matt Quatraro. 

According to Olney, the Mets interviewed Quatraro on Tuesday. They'll meet for a second time with Espada on Thursday, and then they'll close out the round by speaking with Showalter on Friday. Franchise owner Steven Cohen is partaking in these interviews, which are being conducted in-person (the first round of interviews was done via Zoom).

Showalter, regarded as the favorite entering the process, has accumulated more than 1,500 wins as a big-league skipper over parts of 20 seasons. He's also led three teams to the playoffs, including, most recently, the Baltimore Orioles.

Espada and Quatraro can't compete with Showalter on experience since neither has managed at the big-league level. If either is to get this job, it'll likely be because the Mets preferred a younger face who comes from a more progressive strategical background. Espada is currently the bench coach with the Houston Astros, while Quatraro holds the same job with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Ex-major-league managers Brad Ausmus and Bob Geren, Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, and Dodgers first-base coach Clayton McCullough also interviewed for the Mets job. Former big-league outfielder Curtis Granderson's name surfaced in reports connecting him to the job, but he did not interview and his candidacy was dismissed as the byproduct of his name coming up in internal talks.

Whoever takes over the Mets will have a new-look roster in place. Prior to the owner-imposed lockout, New York went on a signing frenzy, adding ace Max Scherzer, outfielders Starling Marte and Mark Canha, and infielder Eduardo Escobar

The Mets, who went 77-85 in Cohen's first year as owner and fired ex-manager Luis Rojas in October, haven't made the playoffs since 2016.