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Mets moving closer to managerial decision as they eliminate Murphy and Shelton

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Reports indicate the race is down to Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez

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The New York Mets’ managerial search, which has moved at a snail’s pace since the team announced that it had fired Mickey Callaway last month, finally sped up today. Numerous reports indicate that the team is close to making their decision as they continue to eliminate finalists.

Earlier today, it was reported that Tim Bogar would not be receiving a third interview with the club, meaning the race was down to four: Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Derek Shelton, and Pat Murphy. Each of the four remaining hopefuls had already had their third interview with the team, which consisted of a sit-down with Fred Wilpon.

Jon Heyman reported at noon that Murphy was no longer under consideration, which meant the Mets were down to Shelton, Perez, and Beltran. A few minutes later, Mark Feinsand reported that the search was officially down to Perez and Beltran. It’s unclear when the team plans to announce their decision, but given the momentum that has built up today, it should happen in the next few days.

Sid Rosenberg of WABC radio added that his sources indicate the team would be naming Beltran manager, and that a deal is done. There have not been any further reports to corroborate this assertion. Andy Martino reporter earlier today that an announcement likely would come until after the weekend.