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Is New York in an Oquendo state of mind?

There's a chance the next manager might come from the Cardinals after all.

According to an ESPN report, Jose Oquendo will interview with the club on Monday. Oquendo started his playing career with New York, signed to a minor league contract at 16 years old in 1979. He played 201 games for the Mets in 1983 and 1984 before being traded to St. Louis for minor leaguers Mark J. Davis and John Young in April 1985.

There was speculation earlier this off-season that the Mets might try to lure away skipper Tony La Russa after they hired his former GM in Oakland, Sandy Alderson. New York, instead, has decided to hire a lower profile manager. So it's very possible that La Russa recommended his longtime third base and bench coach who has long held aspirations of being a major league manager.

Oquendo previously applied for managerial openings in San Diego and Seattle.