Danny Abriano

Brooklyn, NY native. SJU alum, Writer, Editor. Beatlemaniac who plays drums, piano. 

Hensley Meulens (Treated Image by SNY)
Hensley Meulens (Treated Image by SNY)

As the dust settles after the Mets and manager Carlos Beltran mutually parted ways on Thursday, the team has started their second managerial search of the offseason, with GM Brodie Van Wagenen saying the team is considering internal and external candidates. 

Here are the odds for who the Mets will choose to replace Beltran, per betonline.ag.

Eduardo Perez: +300
Hensley Meulens: +350
Luis Rojas: +400
Tim Bogar: +400
Terry Collins: +700
Tony DeFrancesco: +700
Bruce Bochy: +900
Buck Showalter: +900
Dusty Baker: +900
John Gibbons: +1000
Kevin Long: +1200

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May 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy (59) looks on in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
May 12, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Milwaukee Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy (59) looks on in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

The "sense among Brewers people" is that their current bench coach, Pat Murphy, would be an "ideal fit" for Mets manager, reports Robert Murray.

The 61-year-old Murphy's name first emerged when the Mets were beginning their third round of interviews that eventually led to the hiring of Carlos Beltran, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting at the time that Murphy had already had two interviews with the Mets for the job.

Since parting ways with Beltran on Thursday amidst the Astros sign-stealing scandal, Luis Rojas' name has come up as a potential candidate and Joe McEwing has thrown his hat in the ring. Other potential candidates could include bench coach Hensley Meulens.

Terry Collins is not expected to be in the mix, SNY's Andy Martino reported Thursday.

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Speaking Thursday after the Mets and manager Carlos Beltran mutually agreed to part ways, COO Jeff Wilpon and GM Brodie Van Wagenen went over the timeline of events and went into detail about the decision-making process that led to Beltran being out as manager.

Van Wagenen said the Mets were unaware of the sign-stealing situation with the Astros when Beltran was hired on Nov. 1 and that the organization first found out about the involvement of Beltran on Nov. 12 when the initial story in The Athletic was published.

At that time, the Mets deferred to MLB for them to lead the investigation.

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With the Mets and Carlos Beltran mutually parting ways amidst the fallout from the sign-stealing scandal that also claimed Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Red Sox manager Alex Cora, the question now becomes who his replacement will be.

Here are four potential candidates...

 

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Carlos Beltran (Treated Image by SNY)

Carlos Beltran and the Mets have agreed to mutually part ways, sources tell SNY's Andy Martino. The Mets later confirmed the news.

The 42-year-old Beltran, who was hired in November, had been in Port St. Lucie preparing for the 2020 season as the Astros sign-stealing scandal investigation was wrapped up by MLB.

Beltran was the only player mentioned in MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's report that was released on Monday and focused on the Astros and Red Sox.

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With the Mets and Carlos Beltran mutually agreeing to part ways on Thursday, they will immediately begin their search for his replacement. 

One candidate could be quality control coach Luis Rojas, who has come up internally, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

The 38-year-old Rojas is well-liked in the organization and was a candidate for the job that ultimately went to Beltran. He began his tenure with the Mets in 2006 and has worked his way through the ranks, managing at multiple levels of the minors and eventually becoming the Mets' quality control coach. 

Aside from Rojas, former manager Terry Collins (currently working as an advisor to GM Brodie Van Wagenen) and bench coach Hensley Meulens could also be among the candidates.

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Speaking Thursday outside the Mets' spring training complex in Port St. Lucie after having a street named after him, Mets legend Mike Piazza spoke about the electronic sign-stealing scandal that has led to the firing of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

The Mets have not yet officially determined the fate of manager Carlos Beltran, who was the only player named in MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's report on sign-stealing that was released Monday.

"We won't be using any cameras to steal signs," Mike Piazza said with a laugh about Team Italy, who he is manager of. "But we will have a lot of pasta and coffee in the dugout. No cameras, just pasta."

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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Eighteen-year-old Mets prospect Francisco Alvarez has been named the No. 5 catching prospect in Major League Baseball by MLB Pipeline.

Alvarez, who had an explosive professional debut in 2019 as a 17-year-old after signing with the Mets in July of 2018 for $2.9 million as an international free agent, could be a consensus top 100 prospect in baseball by the middle of this season.

He made Baseball America's Top 100 prospects list in September.

On MLB Pipeline's new top 10 catching prospects list, Alvarez is behind only Adley Rutschman of the Orioles, Joey Bart of the Giants, Sean Murphy of the Athletics, and Luis Campusano of the Padres.

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) talks to players during batting practice one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports)

With the Mets not having yet publicly disclosed how they plan to proceed with manager Carlos Beltran in the wake of the Astros sign-stealing scandal that has swallowed up two other managers, Houston has started its search to replace A.J. Hinch.

The Astros, who fired Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow on Monday shortly after Rob Manfred suspended both of them for the 2020 season, have interviewed John Gibbons and Buck Showalter (per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal) as they look for a replacement. 

The Red Sox, who fired manager Alex Cora -- who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017 and helped devise the electronic sign-stealing operation) are also at the beginning of their managerial search, chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said on Tuesday.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Giants tight ends coach Lunda Wells, whose status with the team was up in the air with new head coach Joe Judge still assembling his staff, is leaving to become the tight ends coach for the Cowboys, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported Wednesday.

The 36-year-old Wells had been with the Giants since 2012.

His first role with the Giants was as an offensive assistant in 2012. He then served as their assistant offensive line coach from 2013-2017 before becoming tight ends coach prior to the 2018 season.

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Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 29, 2019; Orchard Park, New York, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

Legendary Jets offensive tackle Winston Hill is taking his rightful place in Canton, Ohio.

Hill, who starred with the Jets from 1963-1976, was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday. 

Hill passed away in 2016 at the age of 74.

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Sep 30, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) takes a bases on balls walk in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)
Sep 30, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) takes a bases on balls walk in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports (Ron Chenoy)

Talks between the Rockies and Cardinals revolving around Nolan Arenado have "advanced beyond a preliminary stage," reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com.

According to Morosi, the Rockies are "insisting" on a package that includes both big league and minor league talent.

Specifically, Morosi says Colorado has interest in Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson and are expected to ask for at least one of the Cardinals' top four prospects.

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Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 20, 2019; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora (20) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

With Red Sox manager Alex Cora embroiled in the Astros' sign-stealing scandal and facing potentially harsh discipline from commissioner Rob Manfred for his role helping Houston and Boston electronically steal signs, Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman is calling him out for his seeming hypocrisy. 

In May of this past season, Cora had harsh words for Stroman (then with the Blue Jays) for the methods he employed while he pitched and how he acted on the mound against the Red Sox.

"I was telling (the home plate umpire), if he's going to get on our guys, get on him," Cora said. "It's the same thing with him every day. He competes a certain way and people don't like it. It seems like whenever a team comes in, somebody screams at him. I don't know, that's the way he acts."

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Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Nov 12, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) talks with assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Jerry Schuplinski is expected to be hired as the Giants' new quarterbacks coach, reports Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network.

Schuplinski coached with the Patriots during the same time as new Giants head coach Joe Judge. From 2013-18, he first served as an offensive assistant and then as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

He spent the 2019 season with the Dolphins as their assistant quarterbacks coach.

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MLB came down hard on the now-fired duo of Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow on Monday, suspending both of them for one season as part of their involvement in Houston's sign-stealing scandal.

Despite being named in MLB's report, Mets manager Carlos Beltran -- who was a player with the Astros in 2017 when their scheme was ongoing -- will not be suspended.

SNY's Andy Martino reported on Jan. 7 that as Major League Baseball entered the final stages of its investigation, "all indications" were that Beltran would not be suspended.

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MLB handed down stunningly harsh penalties to Astros manager A.J. Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow on Monday for their involvement in Houston's sign-stealing scandal, suspending both of them for one year.

Shortly after the suspensions came down, Astros owner Jim Crane announced that he had fired Hinch and Luhnow.

In addition to the suspensions of Hinch and Luhnow, MLB has stripped the Astros of their first- and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 MLB Draft and fined the team $5 million.

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Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Mets left fielder Tim Tebow reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Buffalo Bisons at NBT Bank Stadium. (Gregory Fisher/USA TODAY Sports)

Tim Tebow's big league dream was already a wild long-shot before he stalled out in Triple-A in 2019, when he hit just .163/.240/.255 in 77 games.

Still, as has been the case since joining the Mets, Tebow will be at big league spring training.

Asked what kind of advice he would give Tebow as he continues to play baseball, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had the following to say to TMZ Sports.

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Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)
Sep 15, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; New York Mets right fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run during the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports (Bob DeChiara)

Brandon Nimmo missed a large chunk of the 2019 season due to a neck injury, but that didn't stop him from being recognized as one of the best center fielders in baseball, according to MLB Network's rankings.

Nimmo, who checked in at No. 9 on the list, struggled early last season due in part to attempting to play through his neck injury. After returning in September, he hit .261/.430/.565 in 26 games.

The above numbers improved upon what Nimmo did in 2018, when he slashed 263/.404/.483 and was worth 4.5 fWAR during what was his first full season in the majors.

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John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)
John DeFilippo (Kirby Lee)

As the Giants continue their search for a new offensive coordinator, the Jaguars have fired OC John DeFilippo, adding another potential candidate to the pool Big Blue was already considering.

The firing of DeFilippo was first reported by Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

According to Rapoport, the firing came as a surprise.

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Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Jun 9, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; Former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza gestures after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game against the New York Yankees at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

The Mets, the City of Port St. Lucie, St. Lucie County, and Mike Piazza will be on hand for a "major announcement regarding an address change and street naming" on Thursday, it was announced by the team on Monday.

Specifically, the address of their spring training home in Port St. Lucie will be changed to honor Piazza.

Mets COO Jeff Wilpon will be attending along with Piazza and local elected officials.

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Sep 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar (1) comes home to score from third base in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)
Sep 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar (1) comes home to score from third base in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)

Center fielder Kevin Pillar is still a free agent, and Mets right-hander Marcus Stroman made it clear over the weekend that he misses his former teammate and the prowess he possessed behind him in center field.

In exchanges Sunday on Twitter (that started with Pillar kind of recreating a workout Stroman carried out with a glass of wine on his back), the two went back and forth, including the below from Stroman:

"Haha my brother! Love that! Tell the family I said whatup. You've always been a beast in the weight room KP. Your better years are still ahead of you. Miss having you behind me catching everything!"

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Friday is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to come to terms on a contract for the 2020 season.

The Yankees tendered contracts to all off their arbitration-eligible players earlier this offseason, with James PaxtonAaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez the biggest names in that group. 

If a player and team are unable to come to terms, their salary will be set during an arbitration hearing later this offseason.

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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
		
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Sep 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) goes to the dugout after giving up two runs to the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Friday is the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to come to terms on a contract for the 2020 season.

For the Mets, Marcus StromanNoah SyndergaardMichael ConfortoEdwin DiazSteven MatzSeth LugoBrandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, and Jake Marisnick are the players eligible for arbitration. All were tendered contracts earlier this offseason.

If a player and team are unable to come to terms, their salary will be set during an arbitration hearing later this offseason.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 26, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view as New York Mets designated hitter Brandon Nimmo (9) bats against the Detroit Tigers in the second inning of the spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Robert Dominguez, the 18-year-old right-handed pitcher whose fastball already tops out at 99 mph, is ranked No. 17 on the Mets' Top 31 prospects list that was released by FanGraphs on Friday.

Dominguez, who was signed out of Venezuela this past July, also already has a plus curveball to go along with a developing changeup.

"He's only thrown a handful of times since the velo spike and not even all of the Mets upper level decision makers have seen him yet, but the talent level is on par with a compensation or second round pick," FanGraphs wrote in their scouting report. "There's just significantly more uncertainty and less track record than even later-developing players taken in that range, like Josh Wolf."

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New head coach Joe Judge's contract with the Giants is for five years, reports Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The financial details of the contract have not yet been reported.

Judge, 38, was introduced on Thursday at MetLife Stadium, with John Mara saying Judge's interview was perhaps the best he's ever been a part of and Judge following that introduction with an intense and at times riveting press conference.

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After being introduced by John Mara on Thursday as the new head coach of the Giants, Joe Judge hit the ground running, outlining exactly who he is and exactly how he'll coach the team during an incredibly intense, focused half hour press conference.

And Judge understood that one of the big questions coming into it was who he was. He asked that question and answered it during his opening remarks.

"What I'm about is an old school, physical mentality," Judge explained. "We're gonna put a product on the field that the people of this city and region are proud of. This team will represent this area. We will play fast. We will play downhill. We will play aggressive. We'll punch you in the nose for 60 minutes. We'll play every play like it's a history in a life of its own with a relentless, competitive attitude. We will play fundamentally sound, we will not beat ourselves."

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A trade of Nolan Arenado by the Rockies is "starting to look inevitable," Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic wrote on Thursday. This is an escalation from Dec. 19, when Rosenthal wrote that a trade of Arenado was possible.

On Jan. 2, Rosenthal reported that in order to trade their franchise third baseman, the Rockies would "likely" need to receive a controllable first baseman or center fielder. 

We explained here on Dec. 20 why Arenado is a near-perfect Mets trade target. And if Brodie Van Wagenen hasn't already gotten on the phone with the Rockies to discuss it, he needs to.

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Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)
Mar 17, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Ryley Gilliam (81) delivers a pitch in the eight inning of a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports (Sam Navarro)

The Mets have invited eight players to big league Spring Training, including two of their top prospects, a fast-rising bullpen arm, and Tim Tebow

The top prospects are left-handed starting pitchers David Peterson and Kevin Smith

The fast-rising bullpen arm is right-hander Ryley Gilliam.

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Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Oct 15, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of a New York Giants helmet on the turf before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

New Giants head coach Joe Judge will have the freedom to choose his staff, and that staff will include Thomas McGaughey, who will be staying on as the special teams coordinator, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

McGaughey, 46, has been working in that capacity with the Giants since 2018, and oversaw a group in 2019 that was among the bright spots for a Giants team that went 4-12.

Before joining the Giants, McGaughey served as the special teams coordinator for the Panthers (2016-17), 49ers (2015), and Jets (2014). He has also served as an assistant special teams coordinator with the Giants (2007-10), Broncos (2005-06), and Chiefs (2002).

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General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)
General view of the exterior of Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes-USA Today Sports)

Failed Yankees prospect Garrison Lassiter, whose minor league career ended after the 2011 season, filed a strange lawsuit against the team in December of 2018, alleging (among other things) that Derek Jeter was part of the reason why he never made the majors. He also compared himself to Dodgers star Corey Seager.

Lassiter sought millions of dollars he felt were owed to him due to his allegation that the team -- and not his poor play -- was responsible for him never reaching the majors and earning the millions that eventually would have been waiting for him there.

When filing the lawsuit while representing himself, Lassiter introduced Exhibits A and B. Exhibit A was 'COREY SEAGER STATISTICAL HISTORY' and Exhibit B was 'GARRISON LASSITER STATISTICAL HISTORY.'

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Sep 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar (1) comes home to score from third base in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)
Sep 26, 2019; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants center fielder Kevin Pillar (1) comes home to score from third base in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Cody Glenn-USA TODAY Sports (Cody Glenn)

Free agent outfielder Kevin Pillar "could fit" with the Mets if they don't trade for Starling Marte, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, who also lists the Diamondbacks and Rangers as other potential fits for Pillar.

The 31-year-old Pillar, who was DFA'd by the Giants in December, hit .264/.293/.442 with 21 homers and 37 doubles in 156 games for San Francisco in 2019.

Defensively in 2019, Pillar was worth -5 DRS in 129 games in center field. Digging deeper into Pillar's defense in 2019, he was in the 50th percentile when it came to jumps and still had above average sprint speed (in the 74th percentile).

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During a press conference that felt more like a political rally, Matt Rhule was introduced as the new head coach of the Panthers on Wednesday.

Rhule, who orated while making his opening remarks, was asked one question about the Giants -- the team the Rhule camp reportedly called before agreeing to take the Panthers head coaching job while giving them the opportunity to match the eventual deal he signed with Carolina.

So what exactly happened with the Giants after Rhule had an offer in-hand from the Panthers?

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Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)
Ronny Mauricio (Tom Priddy, Four Seam Images)

Baseball America released its Top 10 Mets prospects list for 2020 on Wednesday, and it featured a potential impact shortstop at the top, a very fast riser at No. 2, and a bunch of 2019 draftees throughout.

Here's how things shook out:

1. SS Ronny Mauricio
2. C Francisco Alvarez
3. 3B Brett Baty
4. RHP Matthew Allan
5. INF Andres Gimenez
6. 3B Mark Vientos
7. LHP Thomas Szapucki
8. RHP Josh Wolf
9. LHP Kevin Smith
10. LHP David Peterson

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Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Boston Celtics during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Dec 1, 2019; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale coaches against the Boston Celtics during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Roughly a month after getting fired by the Knicks, David Fizdale opened up about his time there, the future of RJ Barrett, and why a rebuild is so tough to do in New York.

Saying he has no "ill feelings" toward the Knicks, Fizdale said he "learned a ton" from the experience over the last two seasons.

"That's the business we've chosen," Fizdale said Wednesday during an appearance on the Golic and Wingo show on ESPN Radio. "I respect those guys greatly. I miss the hell out of them."

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Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 12, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets Brandon Nimmo (9) gets high fives after scoring against the Atlanta Braves during the fourth inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

Chad MacDonald, who was responsible for the Mets selecting Brandon Nimmo in the 2011 MLB Draft, is returning to the team as a pro scout, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

MacDonald previously worked as the Mets' scouting director, and ran the 2011 draft. MacDonald left after the 2011 season to take a position with the Padres as their VP/assistant GM, and was replaced by Tommy Tanous.

In the years after the Mets selected Nimmo at No. 13 overall in the 2011 draft, many were very critical that they took him that high.

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Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 13, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Celebrity comedians Trevor Noah (left) and Jerry Seinfeld (center) and Larry David (right) watch an opening day game between the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

If Mike Maccagnan listened to Larry David before the 2018 NFL Draft, things would have turned out pretty, pretty, pretty good.

During an appearance Tuesday on The Michael Kay Show, the Curb Your Enthusiasm star and Seinfeld co-creator explained how he tried to make Jackson to the Jets happen.

"I did call Mike Maccagnan before the 2018 draft and I recommended that he draft Lamar Jackson," David said. "I have a witness -- yes, I have a witness."

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Joe Judge (Getty Images)
Joe Judge (Getty Images)

The expectation Tuesday morning was that the Giants were going to go all-in for Matt Rhule as their next head coach. Then Rhule wound up with the Panthers. Minutes later, news broke that the Giants were hiring Joe Judge

It was a crazy morning with twists and turns that happened at warp speed, with it later coming out that Rhule had called the Giants to give them a chance to lure him away from Carolina before he finalized that deal. Big Blue didn't bite.

Instead, they turned to Judge, who blew them away at his interview on Monday. Was it an inspired move? A crazy one? A bit of both? Everyone has an opinion. Click below to see how the back pages in NYC reacted...

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Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Rams at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Before they finalized a deal to make Joe Judge their next head coach, the Giants requested permission to interview former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett for the vacant position, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

That request was made on Sunday night, according to Vacchiano, before the wild day that unfolded on Tuesday when Rhule landed with the Panthers and the Giants chose Judge.

Despite having been fired by Dallas, Garrett is still technically under contract, which is why the Giants had to request permission to interview him.

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The Giants are hiring Joe Judge to be their next head coach, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Matt Rhule called the Giants before agreeing to take the Panthers head coaching job and gave them the opportunity to match that deal. The Giants instead decided to hire Judge. Rhule, who had been viewed as the favorite for the Giants job, is receiving a seven-year deal worth $60 million from the Panthers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The 38-year-old Judge, who interviewed with the Giants on Monday, had been serving as the Patriots' special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach.

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Aug 31, 2019; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Aug 31, 2019; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule during the game between the Baylor Bears and the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The main event arrives in New Jersey on Tuesday when Matt Rhule sits down with the Giants to interview for their vacant head coach position.

With Mike McCarthy having come to terms with the Cowboys and Josh McDaniels potentially not as interested in the Giants as they are in him, it's expected that Big Blue will push all their chips into to the table for Rhule.

Here's how the NYC back pages look on Tuesday morning in advance of Rhule's arrival... 

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Ed Blankmeyer
Ed Blankmeyer

The Mets are adding a big local name to their organization with the hiring of St. John's head baseball coach Ed Blankmeyer as the next manager of the Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones, it was announced Monday.

The 65-year-old Blankmeyer had been the head coach of St. John's for the last 24 seasons, and had an all-time record of 829-500-4, leading St. John's to 23 winning seasons in the 24 years he spent at the helm.

Blankmeyer replaces Edgardo Alfonzo, who was relieved of his duties after the 2019 season despite the Cyclones winning the New York Penn League championship. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said at the time that moving on from Alfonzo was a player development decision.

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Most players and coaches around the league who have had a reaction to the Knicks' handling and subsequent firing of David Fizdale have come out against the team, including Doc Rivers.

Gregg Popovich called it unfair. Patrick Ewing said he was disappointed to see Fizdale go.

LeBron James, whose Lakers host the Knicks on Tuesday night, kept things pretty vanilla when asked Sunday about the Fizdale situation.

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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

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The Mets have made some notable additions this offseason and should be better off for them. But while their ceiling is high, it's hard to put them on the same level as the Braves and Nationals. It's also hard to believe that they're done making moves.

Brodie Van Wagenen made a very necessary (if still a bit risky) bullpen addition by signing Dellin Betances. Rick Porcello has also been added to the starting rotation. By also adding Michael Wacha, the Mets have six starting pitchers for five spots -- a good problem to have. The only move of note on the offensive side of things was trading for Jake Marisnick, whose addition was more about his defense in center field than anything. 

With just over a month to go until pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, the Mets' payroll for luxury tax purposes is roughly $195 million. When you factor in the additional money Yoenis Cespedes will receive if he is on the Opening Day roster or on the IL for a reason other than his ankle, that number rises to about $200 million -- $8 million shy of the luxury tax threshold. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dellin Betances, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme, Tomas Nido, Wilson Ramos, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Jun 25, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins outfield/base running coach Lorenzo Bundy (right) talks with Marlins manager Don Mattingly (left) after defeating the Chicago Cubs 9-6 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Jun 25, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins outfield/base running coach Lorenzo Bundy (right) talks with Marlins manager Don Mattingly (left) after defeating the Chicago Cubs 9-6 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

The Mets have hired Lorenzo Bundy to be the manager for Double-A Binghamton, reports Nicole Menner of WBNG.

Bundy takes over for Kevin Boles.

The 60-year-old Bundy began his coaching career in 1990 after his playing career ended, and most recently managed in the Mexican Pacific League. 

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Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (left) leaves the field their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports (Mark Hoffman)
Dec 31, 2017; Detroit, MI USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy (left) leaves the field their game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel via USA TODAY Sports (Mark Hoffman)

Mike McCarthy is among the candidates to become the next head coach of the Giants. Here's the latest...


Jan. 6, 10:02 AM: 

The Giants can cross off one head coaching candidate, but will definitely be seeing him down the road. 

According to FOX's Jay Glazer, Mike McCarthy has agreed to terms to be the Cowboys' next head coach. This news comes just one day after Jason Garrett was officially relieved of his duties after leading Dallas for over a decade. 

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Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (Treated Image by SNY)
Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels (Treated Image by SNY)

The Giants are searching for their next head coach after firing Pat Shurmur. Here's the latest on potential candidate Josh McDaniels...


Jan. 5, 10:27 PM:

With the Patriots' 20-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Wild Card Round, the Giants are set for a McDaniels interview.

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Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 23, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; A general view at First Data Field prior to the game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets still have a lot of work to do when it comes to building their farm system back up after the recent Edwin Diaz/Robinson Cano and Marcus Stroman trades, but they're making strides.

INF Andres Gimenez dominated in the AFL and could be getting close to his big league debut. The Mets also have four younger blue chip prospects, including recently-drafted RHP Matthew Allan and 3B Brett Baty, and INF Ronny Mauricio.

The Mets' other highly-touted prospect who is still years away is C Francisco Alvarez, who is MLB Pipeline's pick for New York's breakout prospect of 2020.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Ronny Mauricio, Danny Abriano
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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (6) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Mets INF/OF Jeff McNeil said in late-September that he expected to be ready for Spring Training after having surgery on his wrist. It seems that he's on track.

McNeil, whose season ended with a few games left in the season after he suffered a right distal ulnar fracture when he was hit by a pitch, posted a video Friday of him hitting off a tee as he prepares for the season.

Click below to see

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Nov 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field following a loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)
Nov 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy walks off the field following a loss to the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports (Stew Milne)

The Giants fired Pat Shurmur on Monday morning and have already interviewed some of the candidates for the job, including Kris Richard of the Cowboys.

Aside from Richard, the other known candidates are Matt Rhule (who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has been reporting is the frontrunner), Mike McCarthy, Josh McDaniels, Joe Judge, Dan Martindale, and Eric Bieniemy.

Here's how Vegas -- through BetOnline.ag -- views the current odds...

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Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Feb 14, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; A general view of George M. Steinbrenner Field where the New York Yankees hit batting practice during spring training. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Aside from 16-year-old wunderkind OF Jasson Dominguez, who is viewed as a future star, the Yankees are lacking sizzle when it comes to most of their top 10 prospects.

RHP Deivi Garcia is one of the names to keep an eye on as far as potential impact in 2020 is concerned, with him being a potential option in the starting rotation or bullpen at some point.

As far as a breakout candidate for 2020, MLB Pipeline gives that honor to RHP Clarke Schmidt, who was the Yankees' No. 5 prospect entering last season.

Tags: Deivi Garcia, Domingo German, James Paxton, Jonathan Loaisiga, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Danny Abriano
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