The Mets have promoted Eric Chavez to bench coach and Jeremy Barnes to batting coach, a source confirmed to the Daily News.
Glenn Sherlock, who coached the Mets on the bench last season, will stay on the team to work with receivers. It’s not an unfamiliar role for Sherlock, who worked under Buck Showalter with the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks as a catch instructor.
The Mets see this as a crucial role, especially with top prospect Francisco Alvarez hoping to contribute at the big league level next season. The 20-year-old is touted as a hard-hitting receiver and the club made him work with Sherlock in the bullpen during his brief Major League call-up last season.
Sherlock joined the Mets before the 2017 season to work with the catchers under former manager Terry Collins. He returned to the Mets in 2022 after a brief stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Chavez will be the Mets’ seventh bench coach in as many seasons. He was long considered a future manager and interviewed for the Los Angeles Angels job in 2018 before he joined Brad Ausmus. With Chavez and Barnes running the hitting program, the Mets put up the second-best OBP (.332) and sixth-best OPS (.745) in the league last season. Jeff McNeil won the NL batting title, bolstering their credentials.
Chavez, the 44-year-old former Oakland A star who also played for the Yankees and Diamondbacks, joined the Showalter team last winter. He was about to join the Yankees as a hitting coach, but the Mets hired him. He previously worked under Mets general manager Billy Eppler with the Yankees as a special assistant and later with the Angels in the same role. He also briefly managed the Salt Lake Bees, the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate, for part of the 2018 season after manager Keith Johnson joined the Major League staff.
It’s a step in the managerial direction for Chavez and an opportunity to learn from a veteran manager like Showalter, who recently won his fourth Manager of the Year award with his fourth team.