Hale, 49, became manager Terry Francona's bench coach with the Red Sox last season after spending the previous four years as third base coach. He served as Texas Rangers first base and outfield coach from 2002 to 2005. Hale's managerial experience includes seven seasons in the minors, including two seasons with Triple-A Oklahoma, in 2000 and 2001. He also interviewed for the Toronto Blue Jays managerial job this offseason.
Hurdle, 53, served as the Rangers hitting coach this season. He previously spent 15 seasons with the Rockies. He compiled a 534-625 record and captured one National League pennant while serving as manager from 2002 to 2009. Hurdle played parts of three seasons in the minors with the Mets' Triple-A Tidewater affiliate and also managed for six seasons in the minors with the organization.
Wakamatsu, 47, has been named to manager John Farrell's staff as bench coach with the Blue Jays, but would be permitted to leave for a managerial gig. In 2009, Wakamatsu went 85-77 as manager of the Mariners -- a 24-win improvement over the ballclub's record the previous season. He was fired this year with a 42-70 record. Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American manager in major league history.
The Mets have already interviewed five internal candidates: scout Bob Melvin, minor league fielder coordinator Terry Collins, bench coach Dave Jauss, third base coach Chip Hale and Class A manager Wally Backman.