Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke on a host of topics on Tuesday, shortly after the team announced changes to the coaching staff, the departure of head trainer Ray Ramirez, and the assignment of former-manager Terry Collins as a special assistant to the GM.
Here's what you need to know...
Dan Warthen is out as pitching coach
Warthen has been offered a different role in the organization, but has not yet indicated whether he'll accept it. The potential role has not been fleshed out, according to Alderson.
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard came to Warthen's defense in the days leading up to his removal, but Alderson said Tuesday that with Terry Collins stepping down as manager, the club felt it needed to go in a new direction at pitching coach as well. >> Head here to read more about Warthen and potential candidates to replace him.
The initial list of managerial candidates is long
"Right now, we have a very long list," Alderson said. We will get it shortened after we've had internal discussions and then talks with people outside the organization. ..."I don't think my familiarity with the candidate is necessary," Alderson added. "In fact, I'm intrigued by some of the names that have come up -- people that I've never met."
The Mets may speak to Astros bench coach Alex Cora and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren this week. >> Head here to read more about the candidates for manager.
Ray Ramirez is out and the team is reorganizing its medical department
"We've decided that we are going to re-organize the medical department," Alderson said, adding that the Mets will continue to work with their current senior advisor for strength and conditioning, Mike Barwis.
In regards to Yoenis Cespedes, who suffered two hamstring injuries, Alderson said it likely had less to do with Barwis (in the offseason) and more to do with an inconsistent day-to-day program (during the season). >> Head here to read more about Ramirez, Barwis, and injuries.
Terry Collins' new role will revolve around player development
Collins, who stepped down as manager on Sunday and accepted a role as a special assistant to Alderson, will have a strong focus on player development.
"I would expect that a lot of his area of responsibility and consultation will be in the area of player development,"Alderson said. "I was disappointed with the performance of some of those players (who were called up this season) and their preparation for playing at the major league level." >> Head here to read more about Collins.
The rest of the coaching staff will be different
Kevin Long will remain with the staff and is a candidate for manager. Pat Roessler, who has been serving as an assistant hitting coach, will also return, but his title has not been announced. Glenn Sherlock, who took over as third base coach this season, is under contract for 2018 and will return in the same capacity.
The Mets have given permission for bench coach Dick Scott (who Alderson said he doesn't believe will return), first base coach Tom Goodwin, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones to speak with other teams, pending the conclusion of the club's managerial search. >> Head here to read more about Long and the coaching staff.