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Tim Teufel among primary candidates for bench coach

NEW YORK -- Third base coach Tim Teufel will be one of the primary candidates to succeed Bob Geren as bench coach for the New York Mets, assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday.

Geren departed to take the same role with the Los Angeles Dodgers, which allows him to be closer to family in Southern California.

“We do have some internal candidates that we like, and Tim’s one of them,” Ricco said. “But we have a couple of other guys that we’re going to consider also. We’re not going to rush into that, because we do feel like we have internal candidates. We won’t wait all winter to make that decision, but I don’t think we feel any need to rush into it. We have stability within the staff itself for the most part.

“Bob was a big part of what we did and a big loss. But we have some people that can step in, and actually create some opportunities for some of our other staff members.”

In addition to bench coach, Geren also worked with Mets catchers. Ricco said it is not necessarily a requirement for the new addition to the staff to have catching experience. The alternative would be to have a catching instructor drop in with the major league team from time to time, like is routinely done in the minors.

“That will be part of the thought process, but it’s not going to force our hand,” Ricco said. “We’re not going to have to do a ‘catching guy.’ We’re not looking at it that way, anyway.”