In what has been a successful and eventful week for the New York Mets, coaching changes and openings have dominated the headlines.
Here’s a roundup of the latest news surrounding the New York Mets.
Mickey Callaway Officially Introduced as Manager
Callaway’s first press conference as Mets manager was an outright success. He spoke with conviction, poise, and energy, offering a fresh start for disgruntled Mets fans.
Mickey Callaway is nothing if not charismatic. He's telling stories, grinning at his introductory press conference. Made-for-TV charm.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) October 23, 2017
The respect Mickey brings from former players and his now current Mets, make for a successful hire by Mets management. We cannot make real judgments until April, but for now, there should be loads of excitement in Queens.
Coaches New and Old?
Now that Callaway is officially on board, the team will need to assemble a staff for their new skipper. It seems that some familiar faces may be coming and going.
Hearing that Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones is a possibility to join Alex Cora's staff with the Red Sox.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) October 25, 2017
Bones has been with the team since 2012. If he were to join the Red Sox staff, he would leave the Mets with no coaches in the pitching department as they are also looking for a pitching coach.
And about that pitching coach…
Could Dave Eiland be the Mets' next pitching coach? https://t.co/cfLDJhk016
— SportsNet New York (@SNYtv) October 5, 2017
Speculation is mounting on who the Mets could name as their next pitching coach, and Eiland tops a list of big-name candidates. The Mets do have internal candidates such as Ricky Bones, however, his status is murky due to the Red Sox interest.
The team made some notable roster moves this week when they decided to expel some familiar faces off the 40 man roster.
We outrighted Wuilmer Becerra, Tyler Pill, Travis Taijeron, Erik Goeddel and Phil Evans off of our 40-man roster.
— New York Mets (@Mets) October 25, 2017
Tyler Pill, Travis Taijeron, Phil Evans and Erik Goeddel have all made appearances with the big league club. Dropping Becerra and Evans, particularly, comes as a bit of a surprise due to their talent level.
However, players such as Pill and Taijeron showed this year that they probably do not belong on a major league roster.
The Next Phenom at Shortstop?
The Mets farm system graduated stud prospect Amed Rosario to the big league club this season, but his place atop the Mets prospect list with swiftly occupied by 19-year-old Andres Gimenez.
At only 19, Gimenez was ranked the #1 overall Mets prospect by Baseball America in their recent rankings.
Other notables on the list include the team’s 2017 top pick David Peterson. The young lefty is an advanced college pitcher and is considered the organization’s top pitching prospect.
Another familiar face, Chris Flexen checked in at ninth on the top ten list. Flexen earned a promotion straight from Double-A Binghamton this summer but looked overmatched against major league hitters.
The Second Option
The Mets picked up Jerry Blevins’ option for 2018, ensuring one of the top bullpen arms of 2017 would return. Now the focus turns to middle infielder Asdrubal Cabrera.
Cabrera will be 32 next year and stands to make $8.5 million if the option is exercised.
He brings a veteran presence to the infield and would solve the second base opening for 2018.
Other Mets News, Links
- ESNY’s Justin Birnbaum examines Jose Reyes as a possible candidate to return for the 2018 season.