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Mets coaches all invited to return; Bob Geren to get Dodgers interview

Bob Geren is one of as many as 10 candidates who will interview for the Dodgers job. AP Photo/Gerald Herbert

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have invited all of their coaches to return for the 2016 season, general manager Sandy Alderson said Wednesday. First, though, bench coach Bob Geren will interview for the managerial job with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Geren is one of as many as 10 candidates who will interview to succeed Don Mattingly, who since has landed with the Miami Marlins.

ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports the candidates also include Kirk Gibson, Bud Black, Gabe Kapler, Dave Roberts, Dave Martinez, Darrin Erstad, Ron Roenicke and Tim Wallach.

Geren may not be the favorite to land the job, but he does have a relationship with Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi from their days with the Oakland Athletics. Geren managed the A’s from 2007 through 2011, compiling a 334-376 record.

Mets manager Terry Collins touted Geren’s statistical aptitude.

“He has been invaluable for me,” Collins said. “He and I talk constantly throughout the game about things -- a lot of disagreements. I think he’ll do a great job. Obviously he’s of the new breed -- statistically he’s off the charts. We all learn from our pasts in what we see now. And he sees the importance of how to talk to these players today, which I’ve had to really work hard to change the way I do it. I think Bob would be a great candidate. I hope he gets it.”

Said Alderson: “He’s done an exceptional job as our bench coach. He’s tuned in to the analytics. He’s managed before. He’s one of several candidates, I think, so we’ll see what happens.”