Dusty Baker was told he would not be back as the Nationals manager, but he almost certainly will not become part of the Mets’ process for a new skipper. The Mets were described by sources as near the goal line on making a decision on who will replace Terry Collins, with the internal belief that they want to finalize a deal this weekend and announce before the World Series begins Tuesday. Hitting coach Kevin Long has been viewed as the favorite to land the gig, but those briefed on the process said no contract offers had been made to anyone as of Friday morning and that the club was still working through issues before making an offer — perhaps as early as later Friday. Mariners third base coach Manny Acta has emerged as a legitimate possibility as well. He is the only remaining candidate who has previous managing experience (with the Nationals and Indians) and was the Mets third base coach under Willie Randolph. White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway also interviewed and are under consideration. Alex Cora interviewed for the position, but the expectation is that Cora is going to be named the Red Sox manager.