The New York Mets and Brodie Van Wagenen are already shaking things up in the scouting department in advance of next season.
The New York Mets are still hanging onto 2019 playoff hopes, but a recent freefall has a Wild Card berth in serious doubt. As a result, the Mets are beginning to retool the scouting department.
As part of their internal shakeup, have learned the Mets will not be retaining Ruben Amaro Jr., a special assistant to the GM and previous 1B coach.
Mets are also dismissing Pro Scouting Director Jim D'Aloia, and at least three other scouts (as noted by @martinonyc).
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) August 30, 2019
The news regarding Ruben Amaro Jr. comes one day after reports that the Mets will part ways with a handful of scouts, including Jim D’Aloia, at the end of the season, per Andy Martino of SNY. Notably, pro scout Tim Kissner was brought on after general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was hired.
These could be the first of many changes the Mets will undergo before 2020. Manager Mickey Callaway is undoubtedly on the hot seat after a roller-coaster season.
In fact, the Mets appeared to be on the brink of firing Callaway earlier this year, but opted to stick with the second-year manager. For a moment, it looked like a second-half surge was going to lift the Mets to a Wild Card berth and save Callaway’s job.
However, the Mets are losers of six straight games entering Friday’s contest with the Philadelphia Phillies. Sweeps at the hands of the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs have put the Mets in a desperate situation.
The Cubs are currently five games ahead of the Mets for the second Wild Card spot. Not to mention, the Phillies, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks are all ahead of New York in the standings.
Unless the Mets can pull off another miracle, expect more changes to come.