Contrary to earlier reports that Dave Eiland was no longer being considered as an option for the Mets, New York is reportedly closing in on hiring the former Kansas City Royals pitching coach, according to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News and Marc Carig of Newsday.
Eiland, 51, formerly served as the New York Yankees pitching coach from 2008-10, before taking his talents to Kansas City where he served from 2011 until this past season.
New Mets manager Mickey Callaway and Eiland have history together as well. The two played together with the Tampa Bay Rays at the turn of the century.
“I want to continue to be a pitching coach, no doubt about it,” Eiland told Joel Sherman of the New York Post after departing the Royals. “I am far from done. The fire and passion and competitiveness burns as hot and deep as ever.
“It was just time to move on from Kansas City. There was a lot of change coming on the field and in philosophy. My time there was done and that was mutually agreed upon. There were no problems on either side. Nothing lasts forever. It was simply time to move on.”