Friends of the blog Rising Apple did their third in a series of quick chats with RHP Greg Peavey.  Peavey's a smart pitcher who talked repeatedly about making adjustments and improvements.

Peavey throws lots of strikes, but his command within the zone needs to be sharper as his numbers fell off significantly moving from the South Atlantic League to the Florida State League.  Compare his work in 78 innings with Savannah to 59 innings with St. Lucie:

 

BB/9SO/9SO/BBHR/9H/9
11 SAL1.38.06.30.38.7
11 FSL2.35.92.60.210.1
TOTAL1.77.14.20.39.3
 

It's an interesting profile, in that he doesn't walk anyone or give up home runs while pitching in friendly environments, but I'd be lying if I didn't tell you I was worried about the decline in his strikeout rate.

Here's Peavey at his most philosophical:

RA: What area of your game do you look to improve upon most next season?

GP: Improving is a continuous process in all areas of pitching and life.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso
Mets 1B Pete Alonso

It's fully expected that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso will win the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year award on Monday night over Mike Soroka and Fernando Tatis Jr., with any actual suspense over it revolving around whether he will take it home in unanimous fashion.

When Alonso is officially crowned, the Polar Bear will become just the sixth Met to win Rookie of the Year.

A look at the other five...

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Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)
Free agent reliever Daniel Hudson (Troy Taormina)

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Brodie Van Wagenen suggested last week that Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman might be in the 2020 rotation, he appeared to telegraph that the Mets were more likely to play in the free agent reliever market this offseason than sign a starter.

That makes sense, when you consider that a better bullpen would likely have delivered the team to the postseason.

That bit of context helps to inform our understanding of the first li'l nugget of the team's post-managerial search offseason, that the front office met Monday morning with the agency that represents both Zack Wheeler and World Series champion reliever Daniel Hudson.

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

One rival GM predicted the Mets will hire Jeremy Hefner to be their next pitching coach, SNY's Andy Martino noted on Monday, with that GM expressing regret over missing out on hiring Hefner. 

Hefner, who is viewed as a rising star in the industry, is having his interview with the Mets on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., according to The Athletic's Marc Carig.

The 33-year-old Hefner served as the assistant pitching coach for the Twins this past season. He joined Minnesota as a scout in 2017.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

The annual GM Meetings take place from Nov. 11-14 in Scottsdale, Ariz. On hand will be Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and his staff, along with representatives from the 29 other teams.

While the big event of the offseason is the Winter Meetings each December, things often start to take shape at the GM meetings.

Van Wagenen discussed the Mets' offseason plans while introducing Carlos Beltran as manager last Monday, but he didn't go into detail. Here are five questions Van Wagenen should be asked as the GM Meetings begin...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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 (Wendell Cruz)
(Wendell Cruz)

As the only Mets position player to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award, advice from Darryl Strawberry goes a long way for Pete Alonso.

The franchise's former right fielder from 1983-90, Strawberry's 17-year career started in New York, where he earned seven of his eight All-Star appearances and helped led the Mets to the 1986 World Series championship.

So with the NL Rookie of the Year Award set to be announced Monday on MLB Network -- Alonso, Atlanta Braves right-handed pitcher Mike Soroka and San Diego Padres shortshop Fernando Tatis are the three finalists -- Strawberry offered advice for the Mets first baseman Sunday through the New York Post's Kevin Kernan.

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Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge
Mets' Pete Alonso and Yankees' Aaron Judge

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

We'll be talking about Pete Alonso and Aaron Judge for years to come, especially if their careers keep soaring from here. How lucky are we to have dueling sluggers with personality plus tearing up the same baseball town at the same time? 
 
Alonso, who broke Judge's rookie home run record last season, likely will add another connection to Judge on Monday, when the National League Rookie of the Year is announced. The Mets first baseman must be the choice, unless there is a significant tear in the space-time continuum or something similarly seismic. Judge won the AL Award in 2017 when he set the homer record Alonso (53 homers) eventually beat by one. 
 
With all these links between the two, comparisons are natural. Who's better? Where will their careers end up? SNY asked some baseball brains to talk about the similarities and differences between the sluggers and we looked at some numbers from their respective rookie seasons. 

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Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 22, 2019; Lee County, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner (45) poses for a photo on photo day at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

Former Mets pitcher Jeremy Hefner will interview for the Mets vacant pitching coach position on Monday, it was reported by The Athletic's Marc Carig late Saturday night.

Hefner will meet with team officials at the general manager's meetings in Scottsdale Arizona, looking to become the second former Mets player to join the staff this offseason, with the team hiring Carlos Beltran to be their new manager earlier this month.

The 33-year-old was the assistant pitching coach for the Twins this past season after having joined the team back in 2017 as an advanced scout.

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Mets manager Terry Collins is not a candidate to be Carlos Beltran's bench coach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed Saturday.

The news was first reported by Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Beltran, who was named the Mets' 22nd manager last week, had previously told the team that Collins would be his ideal bench coach, according to Martino. A source told John Harper that Collins would have accepted the job if offered.

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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (40) in action during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports (Derik Hamilton)

Former Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon was recently spotted working out in the gym in a video posted by MLB insider Hector Gomez.

The 46-year-old Colon, who played for the Mets from 2014 to 2017, has yet to officially retire from the MLB, despite not pitching since 2018 with the Texas Rangers.

With MLB free agency starting up in December, Colon could possibly be preparing for his 22nd MLB season if there's a team looking for pitching help.

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Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)
Mets INF/OF Sam Haggerty (Noah K. Murray)

The Mets farm system as a whole is in a bit of a transition phase. They traded high level prospects Jarred Kelenic, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay, and Simeon Woods-Richardson over the last 12 months. But they also had a great 2019 MLB Draft where they landed three big time prospects.

New York does not currently have a lot as far as top prospects who are on the verge of making a big league impact. I won't be writing here about the Andres Gimenez types or the David Peterson types who I believe are likely to contribute to the Mets in 2020 but are highly regarded prospects in the system.

Instead, the focus here will be on prospects who might come from out of nowhere a bit to make a contribution to the big league team next season. Here are three under-the-radar prospects I believe you could see contributing in Queens in 2020...

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

Mets rookie Pete Alonso is expected to take home some hardware on Monday when the Rookie of the Year awards are announced, but he was snubbed Thursday night when it came to another potential honor.

Freddie Freeman of the Braves won the National League Silver Slugger award at first base, given annually to the player in each league deemed the best hitter at each position.

The award is voted on by the coaches and managers.

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Matz happy about Beltran hire 00:00:54
New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz said the team is excited the Mets hired Carlos Beltran as the new manager and could learn a lot from him.

On Thursday night at his Tru32 charity bowling event "Strikes with Steven", Mets pitcher Steven Matz gave his thoughts on newly hired manager Carlos Beltran.

"It's really exciting," Matz said. "He's very respected in the game. He was a great player himself. I think he brings some great leadership to the team, and he's very passionate about the game. I think we're all excited to have him as our leader."

Matz went on to talk about how Beltran's experience as a recent player should help the team a lot.

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Beltran will work well for Mets 00:00:50
SNY's Keith Hernandez explains how Mets players will look up to new manager Carlos Beltran because his body of work speaks for itself.

Keith Hernandez knows the Mets as well as anyone, calling the games in the SNY booth.

He recently explained what Carlos Beltran will bring as the team's new manager. 

"They're going to look up to him. He will learn on the job," Hernandez said. "He's had the experience in the Yankees' front office, being with Brian Cashman as a special assistant. He learned there, so it's not like he's coming in cold. He's aware of the analytics and that's part of the game, and managers today, you have to work with a more hands-on general manager and that analytic team, which Brodie has.

"I think it's going to be a good working relationship and I think the players are going to look up to him. A manager has to lead, players want to be led, and I think that he'll provide that." 

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Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)
Cubs LHP Cole Hamels (Jake Roth)

If Zack Wheeler departs via free agency, the Mets will have a hole to fill in the starting rotation. Should they consider filling it with a former bitter rival?

Cole Hamels, who will turn 36 years old before the 2020 season, had a 3.81 ERA (4.09 FIP) and 1.39 WHIP with 143 strikeouts in 141.2 IP (27 starts) this past season for the Cubs.

At this stage, Hamels -- who spent the first nine years of his career with the Phillies -- is looking to land with a contender. And he's open to inking a one-year deal, he told MLB.com's Todd Zolecki.

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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
		 (Brett Davis)
May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets announced on Oct. 17 that the team would not be renewing the contract of Edgardo Alfonzo, who managed the Short-Season A-ball Brooklyn Cyclones to the New York Penn League Championship in 2019.

Alfonzo had been the manager of the Cyclones since 2017, and is expected to remain with the team as a club ambassador, according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Alfonzo recently posted on his personal Instagram account, reacting to the changes.

 

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Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick
Odell Beckham Jr./Kristaps Porzingis/Bill Belichick

Scott Thompson, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Every New York sports fan has their one favorite player or coach, past or present, that they absolutely love. They've given years of service to help your favorite team win, and they've done so while playing or managing at the highest level. 

But not every marriage has come to a happy ending in the Big Apple. 

While this city has had its fair share of legends on every team, there have also been some pretty bad breakups throughout each league. And, as agents of chaos in this case, we're here to remind you of some of the ugliest divorces that your favorite teams have seen in recent years. 

Tags: John Tavares, Kristaps Porzingis, Matt Harvey, Odell Beckham Jr., Scott Thompson
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Brodie Van Wagenen
Brodie Van Wagenen

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

MLB free agency is officially underway, and while there is a steep dropoff after the triumvirate of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, and Stephen Strasburg, there are still dozens of quality players available.

For the Mets, there are solid options on the market who could help them address their three biggest needs: The bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation. New York also has the option of going the trade route to fill some or all of their needs, but with the team in need of restocking their farm system (instead of further diminishing it), the wiser play would be to fill most of their needs via free agency.

Along the above lines, here are five free agents the Mets should consider pursuing...

Tags: Brett Gardner, Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Justin Wilson, Michael Pineda, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Now That's What I Call Mets 2019 00:03:32
Go back and re-live the New York Mets Greatest Hits of 2019, as the Best Games of the season are ranked, rocking, and rolling!

There were many memorable Mets games from the 2019 season, but these 5 stood above the rest. 

From walk-off homers to sensational comebacks, here they are...

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Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Jun 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway (36) in the dugout against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

The Los Angeles Angels finalized their coaching staff on Wednesday evening, naming former Mets manager Mickey Callaway their pitching coach.

Callaway's expected hiring was reported back in late October, but now the team has made the move official, as the 44-year-old joins Joe Maddon's staff.

Prior to his two seasons as the Mets manager, Callaway evolved into one of the most respected pitching coaches in all of baseball. With the Indians, Callaway oversaw the development of Corey Kluber, who won two Cy Young Awards while Callaway was with the team. In 2016, Kluber finished third in Cy Young voting, but the Indians pitching staff helped lead to the team to a World Series appearance against the Cubs.

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In the last decade, fewer and fewer players are entering the free agent market when in their prime.

Instead, they tend to sign contract extensions in their younger years, swapping guaranteed money earlier in their career for more money during their prime seasons.

The following two position players, starting pitcher, and reliever are worthy of considering signing to a similar contract extension...

Tags: Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Pete Alonso, Seth Lugo, Matthew Cerrone
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Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)
Steven Matz (Adam Hunger)

Steven Matz was part of the surge as the Mets went 46-26 in the second half of the 2019 season, scratching and clawing their way back into the playoff race.

Now, after finishing 3.0 games out of a playoff spot and watching the team hire Carlos Beltran as manager, Matz is already gearing up for the 2020 season.

"We got really excited to see what we are capable of," Matz said on Monday during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. "Now we've got a guy who is very well respected around the league coming in, and have that type of collaboration with Brodie (Van Wagenen) and him and all that type of stuff. I think that we are really excited and I think the fans are as well as to what we can do."

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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)

Mets infield prospect Andres Gimenez turned heads during the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, winning the batting title as he slashed .371/.413/.586. But he wasn't the only Mets prospect to have a strong performance.

Four Mets pitching prospects -- Ryley Gilliam, David Peterson, Jordan Humphreys, and Blake Taylor -- pitched well, with the performances of Gilliam and Humphreys especially standing out.

Gilliam, 23, had a 0.96 ERA in 9.1 IP (seven games) while allowing eight hits, walking two and striking out 11.

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Yasmani Grandal
Yasmani Grandal

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

"Could we get better defensively? Sure," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history.

The above answer came after Van Wagenen was asked what he might focus on this offseason as he puts the team together for 2020. He also mentioned a desire to add depth to the starting pitching and "fortify" the bullpen.

Adding starting pitching depth shouldn't be too difficult, nor should fortifying the bullpen. When it comes to improving the defense, though, it could require a multipronged attack.

Tags: Amed Rosario, Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Wilson Ramos, Danny Abriano
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 (Stan Szeto)
(Stan Szeto)

Though there's been plenty of buzz of late about Terry Collins potentially becoming Carlos Beltran's bench coach, another name is now reportedly in the mix.

Jerry Narron, who most recently served at the Diamondbacks bench coach, is a candidate for the job, according to Newsday's Tim Healey.

Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reached out to Narron, who said he has "not heard anything yet," but he does "definitely want to stay in the game."

Like Collins, Narron has prior experience as a manager at the big-league level, which would undoubtedly be helpful for a first-time skipper like Beltran.

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Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler
Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler

GM Brodie Van Wagenen said Monday that he considers Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman possible options next year to join the team's starting rotation.

Technically, this is true. Van Wagenen is simply stating reality. However, I find it hard to believe this is the preferred outcome given how well Lugo pitched in relief this past season.

Similarly, because of his limited repertoire, Gsellman has long proven he's much more effective pitching in relief than in the starting rotation. In either case, as Van Wagenen said, they are options.

Here are four potential scenarios for how things could shake out with the starting rotation in 2020...

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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June 27, 2008:
		Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado broke the club's single-game record for RBI with nine, four of them coming from a grand slam. The Mets defeated the Yankees 15-6 (AP)
June 27, 2008: Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado broke the club's single-game record for RBI with nine, four of them coming from a grand slam. The Mets defeated the Yankees 15-6 (AP)

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Terry Collins/Pete Mackanin/John Gibbons
Terry Collins/Pete Mackanin/John Gibbons

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets have a new manager at least partly because Mickey Callaway repeatedly made strategic mistakes during games over two seasons, but also because there hasn't been a bench coach savvy enough to avoid at least some of the train wrecks. 

Which brings us to the Mets' next piece of business: find the right guy to ride shotgun for Carlos Beltran and make his transition to managing as smooth as possible.

In short, find the right bench coach.

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Pete Alonso burst onto the scene in 2019. After breaking record after record, new Mets manager Carlos Beltran --like everybody else -- took notice. 

Beltran, a former slugger himself who hit 149 home runs in a Mets uniform, including 41 in 2006, said he needs no introduction to Alonso. He's well aware of what he's capable of.

The skipper also plans to add to Alonso's duties. 

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Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) looks at the scoreboard in the tenth inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) looks at the scoreboard in the tenth inning of game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

After putting up a league-leading 57 saves and 124 strikeouts with a 1.96 ERA with the Mariners in 2018, the Mets did not get that type of production out of Edwin Diaz in his first season in Flushing. 

The Mets saw the closer's ERA balloon to 5.59 last season. That wasn't what New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen envisioned when acquiring him via trade in his first offseason at the helm. 

But enter new manager Carlos Beltran. What does the Mets skipper see for Diaz in the future? Something mirroring 2018. 

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Carlos Beltran after his press conference. (SNY)
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen and manager Carlos Beltran after his press conference. (SNY)

Anthony McCarron, SNY.tv | Twitter |

It was a casual lunch, Italian food in Manhattan. Allard Baird and Omar Minaya both have known Carlos Beltrán for years and the three pals ate together last month, a meal that was "more personal than business," Baird says. 

"It wasn't in great detail about managing or anything like that," Baird adds. 

Still, Beltrán made a powerful impression when he talked about how he saw himself contributing to a ball club. It was clear to Baird and Minaya, the top lieutenants to Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, that Beltrán was "much further along than anyone would've anticipated," Baird says, and had bloomed into manager material. 

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Ron Chenoy)

Pete Alonso and Jacob deGrom both turned in fantastic seasons in 2019 and now have the chance to earn the awards to go along with them.

Alonso was named as a finalist for both National League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player following one of the best rookie seasons in recent memory. He broke Aaron Judge's record for most home runs by a rookie with 53, and slashed .260/.358/.583 in 161 games in 2019. 

He'll finish in the Top 3 of Rookie of Year voting along with Braves pitcher Mike Soroka and Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

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Mar 3, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves (59) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)
Mar 3, 2019; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves (59) pitches during the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports (Douglas DeFelice)

The Mets have claimed pitcher Stephen Gonsalves off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the team announced on Monday.

Gonsalves, 25, was a highly-touted prospect as recently as 2018, when he entered the season as MLB's ninth-ranked left-handed pitching prospect, according to MLBPipeline.com

He excelled in the Twins' farm system that year, going 12-3 with a 2.76 ERA between both Double-A and Triple-A. He made 23 appearances (22 starts) and struck out 120 batters with 65 walks over 120 2/3 innings before earning his first promotion to the big leagues in August.

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Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)
Mets manager Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen (SNY)

The Mets made things official on Monday, introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in team history during a press conference at Citi Field.

In addition to Beltran's introduction and his thoughts on taking over the reins, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen spoke about the hiring process and what could be in store for the team this offeason.

Here's what happened, in case you missed it...

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Yoenis Cespedes, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)
Anthony Rendon (Thomas B. Shea)

As they build for the 2020 season, the Mets could have a gaping hole in the starting rotation and badly need to improve their team defense. Meanwhile, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon are free agents. Could the Mets be players for them? 

Asked directly about whether the team can add a top flight free agent without reducing payroll, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen danced around the question.

"At this point, we're going to explore all options with the roster," Van Wagenen said on Monday after introducing Carlos Beltran as the team's new manager. "Once we find the right fit, we'll try to make that a reality."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, David Wright, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino deliver an all new episode of the Shea Anything podcast on the day the Mets deliver an all new manager!

The guys talk all things Carlos Beltran following his official introduction as the new manager of the Mets at Citi Field. They look back at what he said and why he got the job, and look forward to how things may go for Beltran in his new role with his old team.

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Brodie on why he hired Beltran 00:06:23
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen reveals the reasons why the team hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager, and why he thinks he'll succeed.

The Mets will have a gaping hole in their starting rotation if Zack Wheeler leaves via free agency, but is that hole something they could actually fill from within?

Speaking on Monday at Citi Field after introducing Carlos Beltran as the 22nd manager in franchise history, GM Brodie Van Wagenen talked up the ability of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman as potential rotation answers.

"We've got some great players in Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman that may be considerations in the rotation," Van Wagenen told SNY's Steve Gelbs.

Tags: David Peterson, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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In-depth answers about Beltran 00:02:13
Brodie Van Wagenen provides more detail and clarity as to why and how Carlos Beltran won the Mets managerial job. The team is very excited.

Monday's introductory press conference for Mets manager Carlos Beltran at Citi Field in New York was historic.

Not only did Beltran's official hire make for a franchise milestone -- it doubled as an uncharted moment in New York sports.

As the new Mets leader, Beltran becomes the first Latino head coach or manager for any of the city's four major sports teams.

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Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 24, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets injured left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) watches from the dugout during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen discussed his roster after he had introduced Carlos Beltran as the franchise's 22nd manager on Monday at Citi Field, including Yoenis Cespedes.

Cespedes didn't play all of last season after suffering multiple ankle fractures on his ranch in Port St. Lucie, Fla. And as he continues to recover from surgery to repair that injury, Van Wagenen told reporters that it's "too early to tell" if he will return for the 2020 MLB season. 

"I don't have enough information to predict when he's going to be back," Van Wagenen said. 

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Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 15, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said on Monday that the team will extend the one-year qualifying offer to free agent Zack Wheeler. And though Wheeler is expected to decline, that doesn't mean it's definitely the end of the road for him with the Mets.

The Mets explored a potential extension with Wheeler during the 2019 season and that dialogue has continued, according to Van Wagenen.

"Yes," Van Wagenen said when asked if he'll continue to go after Wheeler with the qualifying offer off the table. "We will continue to have dialogue with him as we already have so far."

If Wheeler accepts the offer, it would be around $18 million for the 2020 season on a one-year deal. If he rejects the offer, the Mets receive a compensatory pick for the 2020 MLB Draft. 

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Brodie Van Wagenen didn't say yes in his answer, but he also didn't say no.

During a 1-on-1 interview Monday with SNY's Steve Gelbs at Citi Field after the Mets introduced new manager Carlos Beltran, the second-year general manager was asked about the possibility that the organization could welcome back a familiar face to the Mets dugout.

Terry Collins, who managed the Mets from 2011-17, has spent the past two years as a special assistant to the general manager and senior advisor for player personnel. He surfaced after Friday's hire of Beltran as a potential bench coach for the first-time manager, as SNY's Andy Martino previously reported.

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Carlos Beltran chats with SNY's Steve Gelbs, explaining why he wanted the Mets manager job, and how he will help his players moving forward.

Every manager in MLB has their own style of leading their ballclub, and the Mets' new manager in Carlos Beltran already knows how he'll be doing that in his first season next year. 

Beltran was officially introduced as the Mets' 22nd manager in franchise history on Monday, as he donned his No. 15 jersey once again. Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen introduced Beltran as someone who brings tremendous amounts of experience after 20 seasons playing in the league, and his impact was felt on and off the field. 

Through those seasons, Beltran admitted he would think about the type of manager he'd want to be based off his experiences with players and coaches. 

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Carlos Beltran addresses the media, saying "he just can't wait to re-write our story" after being named the 22nd manager in Mets history.

Carlos Beltran has been officially introduced as the Mets' 22nd manager, and he couldn't be more excited for this opportunity to lead the team he once called home as a player. 

"First of all, [Mets GM] Brodie [Van Wagenen], thank you for being so kind and all those words. Honestly, for me, I feel thankful for this opportunity," Beltran said on Monday morning at Citi Field. "First of all, would like to always as a player I give the glory and honor to God, and I want to do the same here. I want to thank God for this opportunity. I'm very blessed to be standing up here in front of you guys as the new manager of the New York Mets."

Beltran continued with his thanks all around the room, from Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon, to his family, who were in attendance. He made sure to thanks his wife, Jessica, saying "my wife was very supportive for me for 20 years as a player."

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Carlos Beltran and Brodie Van Wagenen answer questions about choosing the next Mets manager. It's obvious both sides wanted the same thing.

When general manager Brodie Van Wagenen sorted through the Mets' managerial candidates, Carlos Beltran stood out for five reasons.

The Mets introduced Beltran during Monday's press conference at Citi Field in New York, where Van Wagenen thoroughly broke down why Beltran -- another first-time manager -- stood out among the rest of the pack.

Beltran, who played for the Mets from 2005-11 as a four-time All-Star outfielder and spent the past year as a special advisor to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, brings a unique balance that Van Wagenen was unable to find elsewhere.

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Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)
Joe Girardi (Troy Taormina)

Joe Girardi headlined the hot names throughout the Mets' managerial search, but New York ultimately went in a different direction and hired Carlos Beltran.

Before the Mets zeroed in on Beltran, a first-time manager, the Phillies went all out for Girardi. Philadelphia introduced Girardi, the former Yankees manager from 2008-17, last Monday.

Back at Citi Field in New York for Monday's press conference with Beltran, Van Wagenen explained why the Mets did not pursue Girardi -- more so revealing that Beltran's overall strengths and all-around potential, despite the inexperience, outweighed other candidates' experience, such as Girardi's.

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Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling comments on being inducted into the NY Baseball HOF and shares his thoughts on the hiring of Carlos Beltran

As a former Mets pitcher and current SNY analyst, Ron Darling is a known name in New York sports.

He was recognized for his efforts and successes in both careers at Sunday's New York Baseball Hall of Fame induction.

At the ceremony, Darling opened up on what his honor means to him, and he shared thoughts about the Mets' hiring of Carlos Beltran as well.

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Carlos Beltran

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As Carlos Beltrán takes over the Mets -- he'll be introduced as their new manager in a press conference Monday morning -- he joins a baseball fraternity that's rare in today's game: 

Beltrán and Don Mattingly of the Marlins are the only current managers who were superstars as players. The ex-players over the rest of the managerial landscape did not have the same kind of big careers, and they certainly didn't make the kind of money Beltrán did. 

Whether it's fair or unfair, the number of non-star managers seems to stir debate over ex-stars getting the job. Should anyone care if Beltrán doesn't fit the profile of the scrappy middle infielder who soaked up every detail to get by as a player and now deploys that knowledge as a manager? Or if he's not a shrewd catcher steeped in the calculus of running a pitching staff?

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New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Mets manager Terry Collins calls for a pinch hitter after an apparent injury to third baseman Wilmer Flores during the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

With Carlos Beltran now officially the 22nd manager in Mets history, the next step is building out the first-time manager's staff.

SNY's Andy Martino has previously reported that former Mets manager Terry Collins would be Beltran's ideal bench coach.

On Saturday afternoon, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reported that while the Mets have yet to approach Collins about becoming a part of Beltran's staff, that doesn't mean they won't eventually. DiComo also notes that Collins is still on the Mets' payroll as a special assistant to GM Brodie Van Wagenen.

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Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) is interviewed by the media one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports  (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Oct 23, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) is interviewed by the media one day prior to game one of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Red Sox manager Alex Cora thinks new Mets skipper Carlos Beltran is the right man for the job. 

Both Cora and Beltran came up through the baseball ranks in Puerto Rico and in 2017, the two shared a World Series title with the Astros in Beltran's final year of his playing career while Cora was the team's bench coach. 

After his look at Beltran up close, Cora said Beltran's attention to detail make him a smart hire. 

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Mets' Carlos Beltran (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
Mets' Carlos Beltran (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Carlos Beltran wasn't my first choice to replace Mickey Callaway, but he was my second. 

Here are 5 reasons why I'm excited to have him back in the mix...

1) He's Carlos Beltran

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