Mets to interview Tosca today

BOB ELLIOTT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Carlos Tosca will be interviewed by New York Mets management today in New York.

Tosca was fired as Blue Jays manager by president Paul Godfrey and general manager J.P. Ricciardi on Aug. 8.

"I've been asked whether I feel comfortable managing in the National League," Tosca said last night. "I probably feel more comfortable managing the NL game. I'm familiar with the style and the double switches."

Jim Fregosi and Cito Gaston, two other former Jays managers, have also been mentioned as candidates.

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