Report: Mets to interview DeMarlo Hale

DeMarlo Hale will interview for the New York Mets managerial vacancy on Tuesday or Wednesday, Comcast SportsNet reports.

Hale, 49, became manager Terry Francona's bench coach with the Boston Red Sox last season after spending the previous four years as Boston's third base coach. He served as Texas Rangers first base and outfield coach from 2002 to 2005.

Hale's managerial experience includes seven seasons in the minors, including two seasons with Triple-A Oklahoma, in 2000 and 2001. He also interviewed for the Toronto Blue Jays managerial job this offseason.

The Mets have acknowledged already interviewing five internal candidates: scout Bob Melvin, minor league fielder coordinator Terry Collins, bench coach Dave Jauss, third base coach Chip Hale and Class A manager Wally Backman.

A sixth internal candidate, Triple-A Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell, is expected to interview with GM Sandy Alderson in the Dominican Republic, where Oberkfell is managing Escogido in the Dominican Winter League.

Melvin has managed in the majors with the Seattle Mariners and Arizona Diamondbacks. Collins has managed the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels.

Interviews with external candidates are due to begin this week.

Other strong external candidates are believed to include former Mariners manager Don Wakamatsu and former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle.

Adam Rubin covers the Mets for ESPNNewYork.com.