According to The Athletic, Gibbons — who was still under contract and earning salary with the Blue Jays in 2019 — handed out his resume to the Mets, Kansas City Royals and San Diego Padres last week after taking a year off from managing.
Gibbons ended his second stint with the Blue Jays after the 2018 season, when the club dismissed him following a 73-89 campaign. The 57-year-old managed the team from 2004 to 2008 and returned in 2013, leading Toronto to back-to-back ALCS appearances in 2015 and 2016.
The Mets fired manager Mickey Callaway last week after he failed to take the Queens club to the playoffs during his two seasons in charge. New York finished the 2019 season three games out of a wild-card spot.
Gibbons was a 24th-round draft pick by the Mets in 1980, making big-league appearances in 1984 and 1986.