As the Mets conduct their second managerial search this offseason, one veteran skipper’s potential candidacy has gained steam since the last time.
An industry source told The Post on Friday that Dusty Baker, who wasn’t seriously considered for the job before Carlos Beltran got hired, is now part of the discussion among team officials, who are forced to move swiftly in filling the position.
Beltran became the latest casualty in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scheme on Thursday, when he parted ways with the Mets after only 77 days on the job. Earlier in the week, A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora were ousted as managers in Houston and Boston, respectively, following an MLB investigation that concluded the Astros used electronic surveillance to steal catchers’ signals in 2017, when they won the World Series. Beltran, a player on that team, was named in the report, leading to his departure from the Mets after team COO Jeff Wilpon and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen met with commissioner Rob Manfred in recent days.
Baker, 70, was considered a possibility last May, when Van Wagenen flirted with the idea of firing manager Mickey Callaway in-season, following a slow…