Dave Eiland, who parted ways with the Royals last week, could be a fit to replace Dan Warthen as the next Mets pitching coach, surmises Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Sherman notes the relationship Eiland has with Kevin Long, who will be on the Mets' staff in 2018.
"You are not wrong at all. That is very accurate," Eiland told Sherman about his strong relationship with Long.
The 51-year-old Eiland, who had been the Royals' pitching coach since 2011, said he wants to continue being a pitching coach, and that it was simply time to move on.
"I want to continue to be a pitching coach, no doubt about it," Eiland told Sherman. "I am far from done. The fire and passion and competitiveness burns as hot and deep as ever. It was just time to move on from Kansas City. There was a lot of change coming on the field and in philosophy. My time there was done and that was mutually agreed upon. There were no problems on either side. Nothing lasts forever. It was simply time to move on."
Regarding his philosophy as a pitching coach, Eiland said the goal is to "get the absolute best I can out of the pitchers' abilities."
"To do that, I focus on their strengths and on improving their weaknesses," he told FanGraphs in 2013. "I also concentrate on how their strengths match up to the hitters' weaknesses. I do that with film work, studying hitters' strengths and weaknesses, and how each individual pitcher can use their strengths to attack those weaknesses."
Before joining the Royals, Eiland was the pitching coach for the Yankees -- while Long was the hitting coach -- from 2008 to 2010, when he was fired at the end of the season.
As a player, Eiland spent time with the Yankees, Padres, and Devil Rays during his career, which went from 1988 to 2000.