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Rumor Central: Mets considering Brad Ausmus for managerial vacancy?

The Mets have reportedly spoken with Brad Ausmus, whose contract was not renewed by the Tigers. Carlos Osorio/AP Photo

New York Mets general manager and Dartmouth graduate Sandy Alderson reportedly has his eyes on a fellow Big Green alumnus to fill the team's managerial vacancy.

Rumor CentralAccording to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Mets have reached out to former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and the two sides have already had at least one conversation.

The Tigers chose not to renew Ausmus' contract following the season, ending a four-year tenure at the helm in Detroit that saw him compile a 314-332 record with one playoff appearance and two last-place finishes.

New York is in search of a manager to replace Terry Collins, who resigned after a 70-92 season. The Mets went 551-583 during his seven years on the job.

Heyman notes that the Mets are looking at a long list of candidates, including hitting coach Kevin Long, Los Angeles Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren, Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, Oakland Athletics third base coach Chip Hale and Cleveland Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr.

Ausmus played 18 years as a catcher and is reportedly a candidate in the Philadelphia Phillies' managerial search as well.

-- Nick Ostiller