Rays’ Matt Quatraro interviews with A’s, will talk next to Mets

The bench coach previously was a finalist for manager jobs with the Giants and Pirates and talked with the Tigers.
Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, and bench coach Matt Quatraro watch a July game from this past season.
Rays manager Kevin Cash, left, and bench coach Matt Quatraro watch a July game from this past season. [ IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Dec. 6, 2021|Updated Dec. 6, 2021

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro has interviewed with the A’s for their vacant manager’s job and will talk next with the Mets about their opening.

Quatraro is believed to have interviewed with the A’s within the last few days. The Mets have since requested permission to talk with him, which the Rays also have granted, and that interview could take place as soon as Tuesday.

Quatraro, 48, has been a candidate for at least three previous openings, reaching the finalist stage with the Giants (who hired Gabe Kapler) and Pirates (Derek Shelton) entering the 2020 season. He also was an early candidate before the 2021 season with the Tigers (A.J. Hinch).

The Mets’ hiring process seems likely to move quickly, as they concluded a long search in hiring Billy Eppler as general manager on Nov. 18 and then made a series of high-profile free-agent signings before the Dec. 2 start of the lockout.

Others reportedly to be of interest to the Mets include former big-league managers Buck Showalter and Brad Ausmus, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Pirates bench coach Don Kelly.

The A’s process has been more quiet, as they are seeking to replace Bob Melvin, whom they let leave for the Padres on Oct. 28.

Quatraro has been Kevin Cash’s top assistant for three seasons, handling much of the organizational responsibilities and in-game duties.

Quatraro rejoined the Rays’ staff in 2018 as third-base coach, then moved up to bench coach when Charlie Montoyo was hired to manage the Blue Jays. The native New Yorker (East Selkirk) spent the previous four seasons as the Indians’ assistant hitting coach.

Before that, Quatraro worked in several roles in the Rays’ minor-league system as a catching instructor, hitting coach and coordinator and manager for four seasons, two at short-season Class A Hudson Valley and one each at Class A Columbus and Bowling Green. He played seven seasons in the minors.

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