The San Diego Padres have denied the New York Mets permission to interview Ryan Flaherty for their bench coach job.

Flaherty is currently San Diego's quality control coach.

According to a report, the Padres didn't want to lose Flaherty at this point in the offseason, with spring training approaching and the lockout freezing roster moves.

Flaherty, 35, played for new Mets manager Buck Showalter with the Baltimore Orioles from 2012-17.