Sources: Mets hire Jauss as new bench coach

BY Ken Rosenthal • November 18, 2009

An announcement is expected Wednesday or Thursday.

Jauss, 52, previously has worked as a bench coach for three teams — the Red Sox, Dodgers and Orioles.

Former Indians manager Eric Wedge, former Mariners and Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin were among the other candidates the Mets considered.

For someone as experienced as Wedge or Melvin, the Mets' position might have been a steppingstone; Mets manager Jerry Manuel, coming off a 70-win season, is entering the last year of his contract.

Jauss, however, has never managed in the majors, and will be considered far less of a threat to Manuel than other candidates would have been.