Mets to interview Ken Oberkfell for managerial opening

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It seemed like a no-brainer out of loyalty, if nothing else.

Ken Oberkfell, who has managed the Mets’  Triple-A team for most of the last six years, will get a chance to interview for the opening with the big-league team.

Oberkfell has certainly paid all of his dues.  He was Baseball America’s Minor League Manager of the Year in 2005.  He’s managed the Mets’ Triple-A franchise through stops in Norfolk, New Orleans and Buffalo, with the only interruption coming when he became the team’s major league first-base coach for a spell in 2008 after Willie Randolph was fired as manager.

He’s even managing at this very moment.  The interview will take place in the Dominican Republic because he’s trying to lead the Leones del Escogido to a second straight DWL championship.

A 16-year major leaguer, Oberkfell hit .278/.351/.362 with six clubs between 1977 and 1992.  He had little power, but he amassed a 356/546 K/BB ratio in 4,874 career at-bats.

Oberkfell will be the seventh candidate interviewed by the Mets, joining fellow team employees Wally Backman, Terry Collins, Chip Hale, Dave Jauss and Bob Melvin and Red Sox bench coach DeMarlo Hale.  Still on tap are Clint Hurdle and Don Wakamatsu.

Report: Bryan Shaw has two multiyear offers on the table

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Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.

The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.

The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.