7:54 PM EST, Sun December 09, 2018
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Mets named remainder of coaching staff for 2019 season

Mets named remainder of coaching staff for 2019 season

The Mets have finished reshaping the coaching staff that serves under manager Mickey Callaway. The Mets have announced the rest of their coaching hires for the 2019 season, and the team has hired Chili Davis as hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez as bullpen coach, and Luis Rojas as quality control coach, a new role within the organization. That completes Mickey Callaway’s staff for the upcoming season after the team decided to shake things up, having already brought in Jim Riggleman as Callaway’s new bench coach, among other tweaks. Davis has served as hitting coach for the A’s, Red Sox,...
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Mets Morning News for December 9, 2018

Mets Morning News for December 9, 2018

Your Sunday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Mike Puma weighs the pros and cons of Mets free agent target A.J. Pollock. Kristie Ackert assesses the Mets’ needs heading into the Winter Meetings, which kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas. The rest of the Mets offseason won’t really come into focus until the J.T. Realmuto matter is settled. Tim Healey gives us five Mets storylines to watch at this week’s Winter Meetings. Around the National League East The Phillies are poised to make a big splash at this week’s Winter Meetings and it may come...
Dec 8, 2018
The one where we say goodbye to Wilmer Flores

The one where we say goodbye to Wilmer Flores

Wilmer was there for the team in crucial situations. The Mets announced that they did not tender Wilmer Flores a contract, which effectively ended his tenure with the organization. The team announced the decision in a six-word tweet that might’ve been overlooked among all the Robinson Cano trade rumors that were swirling at the time. Flores deserved better than such a cold, simplistic tweet from an organization he joined as a 16-year-old from Venezuela, and if anyone deserved a proper sendoff, it was him. Flores always seemed to have a knack for sending the fans home happy when a walk-off...
Dec 8, 2018
Mets Morning News for December 8, 2018

Mets Morning News for December 8, 2018

Your Saturday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets The Mets hired former Red Sox VP of player personnel Jared Banner to be their new farm director. The New York Times opined on Brodie Van Wagenen’s penchant for bold moves. John Harper has ten Winter Meetings predictions, including one for the Mets. The Athletic looked back at all the players who’ve played for both the Yankees and the Mets. Around the National League East The Nationals appear to have bid farewell to Bryce Harper, acknowledging they made him their best offer. The Phillies traded...
Dec 7, 2018
Mets hire Jared Banner as farm director

Mets hire Jared Banner as farm director

Banner was previously the VP of player personnel for the Red Sox organization. Yesterday, Dave Dombrowski, president of baseball operations for the Red Sox, announced that Jared Banner, who had been serving as VP of player personnel, was leaving the organization. Today, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Mets have hired Banner to be their new farm director, as Brodie Van Wagenen continues to shape his front office. Banner is the second Sox executive the Mets have brought into the fold this winter, following his mentor Allard Baird, who the Mets recently hired to be VP of player...
Dec 7, 2018
Let’s find the Mets more relief pitchers, Part 2

Let’s find the Mets more relief pitchers, Part 2

We continue going down the list of free agent relievers who could help the Mets’ bullpen. Picking up where we left off in the first part of our annual attempt to find the best fits for the Mets’ bullpen in free agency—which included 2018 strikeout percentage leaders Craig Kimbrel, Adam Ottavino, and old frenemy Oliver Perez—here’s the next bunch of relievers who are on the market and posted high strikeout rates this year. As a reminder, we’re running down the free agent leaderboards at FanGraphs by strikeout percentage for pitchers who threw at least 20 innings in relief this...
Dec 7, 2018
The Mets should not meet the Marlins’ high asking price for J.T. Realmuto

The Mets should not meet the Marlins’ high asking price for J.T. Realmuto

Opening up a hole on the major league roster would not be a wise move. Brodie Van Wagenen has already completed one blockbuster trade this winter, and rumors have been swirling about another one: one or more of Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, and Michael Conforto for Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. The Mets have reportedly been “aggressive” in talks with the Marlins about Realmuto, and Miami has made no secret about wanting to deal him, but in order to give him up to a division rival, they are asking for a premium. The Mets shouldn’t give it to them. This is not because J.T. Realmuto...
Dec 7, 2018
Mets Morning News for December 7, 2018

Mets Morning News for December 7, 2018

Your Friday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets With the asking price on J.T. Realmuto still high, the Mets could turn to one of the free agent catching options on the market. The team should try and build a trade around prospect Andres Gimenez at the Winter Meetings in exchange for Realmuto. The Mets’ trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz won’t put them over the top, but they have at least been fun so far this offseason. According to Jon Heyman, the Mets could consider adding Marwin Gonzalez or Mike Moustakas to their infield. Ten years ago,...
Dec 6, 2018
Episode 303: Cano, Diaz, Grandal, sandwiches, and more with Ted Berg

Episode 303: Cano, Diaz, Grandal, sandwiches, and more with Ted Berg

Ted Berg joins us, and Steve talks Brodie Van Wagenen’s favorite prospect: Peter Alonso. Welcome back to Amazin’ Avenue Audio! This week, Brian was off, Chris chats with Ted Berg about the Cano/Diaz trade, Yasmani Grandal, and absolutely not trading Brandon Nimmo because of his amazing smile. And that chat is followed up by Steve Sypa, who checks in on Peter Alonso, who’s been spoken about very favorably by Brodie Van Wagenen. As always, you can listen or subscribe to the podcast through Apple Podcasts, where we encourage you to leave a review if you enjoy the show. It really helps!...
Dec 6, 2018
Yasmani Grandal should be the Mets’ top priority

Yasmani Grandal should be the Mets’ top priority

The free agent catcher is a perfect next step in the Mets’ offseason. With the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, the Mets made their intentions clear: they’re all in on 2019. Unfortunately, the NL East is shaping up to be a dog fight. The Braves won the division last year and have a plethora of young talent, the Nationals have already added Yan Gomes and Patrick Corbin, and the Phillies have been linked to literally every top free agent. The Mets, meanwhile, have a limited budget and holes in both the pitching staff and the lineup. In an ideal world, the Mets could rely on Yoenis...
Dec 6, 2018
Mets Morning News for December 6, 2018

Mets Morning News for December 6, 2018

Your Thursday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets Brodie Van Wagenen certainly says all the right things but it is not the fans that need convincing. So far this offseason, Van Wagenen has done a good job of getting the Mets back on track. The Mets are still linked to J.T. Realmuto who would certainly be an upgrade if they were able to acquire him. The catcher comes at a steep price and there are quite a few young players on the team the GM would rather not part with. The new general manager has not ruled out Tim Tebow seeing major league at-bats...
Dec 5, 2018
Reaction Roundup: Mets acquire Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from Mariners

Reaction Roundup: Mets acquire Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from Mariners

There were differing opinions about this trade. New GM Brodie Van Wagenen wasted no time to make a big splash in his new position. He acquired Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners in return for Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, and prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, and Gerson Bautista. $20 million dollars was also included in the deal and so far the reaction seems mixed to this deal. The Mets are nearing relevance with the trade and are one of the most compelling teams in the league as a result, writes Jonah Keri. For the New York Times, Tyler Kepner believes this was a bold move...
Dec 5, 2018
Where the Mets’ payroll stands after the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz

Where the Mets’ payroll stands after the trade for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz

The Mets shed some money from their 2019 payroll while adding a long-term commitment to Cano. On Opening Day last year, the New York Mets’ payroll came in just north of $150 million according to Cot’s Contracts. That number placed them in the middle of the pack and resulted in another fourth-place finish. Enter Brodie Van Wagenen, former agent and first-time general manager, who was tasked with repairing the team’s roster while maintaining a reasonable payroll that will likely reside in the $155-$160 million range on Opening Day. Van Wagenen made his first big splash when he landed...
Dec 5, 2018
Mets Morning News for December 5, 2018

Mets Morning News for December 5, 2018

Your Wednesday morning dose of New York Mets and MLB news, notes, and links. Meet the Mets At a press conference held at Citi Field on Tuesday morning, Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz were introduced as the newest members of the Mets. Diaz said he “Came here to win, to try to reach the World Series and get the ring” while Cano said “It’s always good to be back in New York”. Jeff Wilpon wanted a big splash and newly hired GM Brodie Van Wagenen did just that in his first move while in charge of the Mets. David Lennon writes Van Wagenen backed up his words with actions and now it’s...
Dec 5, 2018
Mets have checked in on A.J. Pollock

Mets have checked in on A.J. Pollock

Pollock is a free agent coming off a solid—but injury-shortened—season, The Mets have checked in on free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock, according to a report from Jim Bowden. And Bowden adds that Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Pollock “was a good fit for [the Mets], and they will continue their pursuit.” When he was on the field in 2018, Pollock was good. He hit .257/.316/.484 with 21 home runs, 13 stolen bases, and a 110 wRC+. The downside is that he only racked up 460 plate appearances and played in just 113 games—and he had a nearly-identical amount of playing...