Report: Carlos Beltrán, Eduardo Pérez finalists for Mets manager

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Mark Feinsand of reports that the Mets’ manager search is down to two finalists: Eduardo Pérez and Carlos Beltrán. Tim Bogar and Pat Murphy have reportedly been told they’re no longer in consideration.

Beltrán has never managed before. Pérez’s served managerial stints in the World Baseball Classic and for two seasons in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Pérez has coached in the bigs before too, serving as the hitting coach for the Marlins and as bench coach with the Astros. In more recent years he has worked for ESPN as a broadcaster.

Beltán retired as a player following the 2017 season. Since then he has been serving as the Yankees’ special adviser to the general manager. His name has been floated as a potential manager since he retired after the 2017 season, and he interviewed with the Yankees to manage the club before they ultimately decided on Aaron Boone.

Nevada Senate vote on proposed A’s stadium in Las Vegas extended until next week

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CARSON CITY, Nev. — The Nevada Senate adjourned Thursday without voting on a financing bill for a proposed $1.5 billion Las Vegas Strip stadium for the Oakland Athletics, extending the special legislative session into the next week amid negotiations over whether to contribute $380 million in public funding to the project.

The measure can still be amended by lawmakers, and if it passes the Senate it would still need approval from the Assembly before going to the desk of Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo, who has expressed support for it. Both the state Senate and Assembly are adjourned until Monday.

In a hearing that began Wednesday and stretched into the early morning hours Thursday, lawmakers peppered tourism officials and a representative from a firm partnering with the ball club with questions about the feasibility and benefits of financing such a deal.

Public funds for the stadium would mainly come from $180 million in transferable tax credits and $120 million in county bonds. Backers have pledged that the creation of a special tax district around the proposed stadium would generate enough money to pay off those bonds and interest. The plan would not directly raise taxes.

The A’s would not owe property taxes for the publicly owned stadium. Clark County, which includes Las Vegas, would also contribute $25 million in credit toward infrastructure costs.

A’s representatives and some tourism officials say a deal would further grow Las Vegas’ developing sports scene and act as an economic engine, but a growing chorus of economists and some lawmakers warn that the project would bring minimal benefits for the hefty public price tag.