Alex Cora would be a great choice to manage the Mets, former Mets outfielder and current Astros DH Carlos Beltran said Tuesday, according to the NY Post.

Cora, 44, is among several candidates reportedly being considered by Sandy Alderson, who said Tuesday that he hopes to begin conducting preliminary interviews as early as this week.

In his first year coaching in professional baseball, Cora is working under Astros manager A.J. Hinch as the team's bench coach. Houston won 101 games this season and will face the Red Sox in the ALDS starting today.

According to Beltran, as bench coach, Cora played a significant role in helping build team chemistry and improving how players communicate with the coaching staff.