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)

After parting ways with Mickey Callaway, the Mets are searching for a new manager. Here's the latest...


Nov. 1, 3:20 PM:

Carlos Beltran has told the Mets that his ideal bench coach would be former manager Terry Collins, SNY's Andy Martino reported Friday. However, that is not something that is guaranteed to happen.

Martino reported earlier Friday that Beltran's managerial candidacy was gaining "late momentum," before a source confirmed that the Mets planned to hire him. 

When Beltran interviewed for the Yankees manager job in 2017, he made the same request regarding Collins as his potential bench coach. That manager job eventually went to Aaron Boone

Nov. 1, 12:06 PM:

Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy has been eliminated from contention for Mets manager, reports Jon Heyman. Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar was eliminated from contention on Thursday night, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

That leaves Eduardo Perez, Carlos Betlran, and Derek Shelton among the known finalists for the job.

Perez and Beltran have been serious candidates throughout the process, SNY's Andy Martino reported, adding that Perez had seemed to have an edge and noting that it's not uncommon for teams to keep a few candidates in the process while negotiations are ongoing.

Oct. 31, 10:30 PM:

Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar has been eliminated from contention by the Mets as a managerial candidate, according to a report from

Sherman reported on Wednesday that Bogar was the only finalist for the job that had yet to have his third-round interview with the team. SNY's Andy Martino noted on Thursday that Bogar, along with Eduardo Perez, had made a good impression with the team, and was considered by some involved with the search as a frontrunner for the job. 

Sherman, who had previously reported that Bogar would meet with the Mets again this week, noted that with him now seemingly out of the mix, Perez, Carlos Beltran, Pat Murphy, and Derek Shelton have now all had their chances of becoming the next Mets manager raised. 

Oct. 30, 9:05 PM:

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is the only finalist remaining in the Mets' managerial search who is yet to have his third-round interview with the team.

This makes sense, of course, with the Nationals going head-to-head with the Astros in the World Series. Sherman notes that Bogar will meet with the Mets again by the end of the week. 

Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, and Derek Shelton have all had their third interviews with the club, per Sherman, which primarily consist of meeting with Mets ownership. SNY's Andy Martino had previously reported that trio would all be receiving third-round interviews this week.

Oct. 29, 8:59 AM:

Tony DeFrancesco has interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening and could still be in the mix, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

DeFrancesco has been the Mets' Triple-A manager since 2018 -- in Las Vegas in 2018 and in Syracuse in 2019 after the team relocated.

In 2012, DeFrancesco had a stint as the Astros' interim manager, going 16-25 during a season where the Astros finished 55-107.

The 56-year-old DeFrancesco started his managing career in 1994 and has also coached in the majors (with the Athletics as third base coach in 2010). He was the manager for Triple-A Fresno from 2015 to 2017 (in the Astros' farm system) and won the Baseball America Minor League Manager of the Year award in 2015.

Oct. 28, 4:10 PM:

Derek Shelton will be getting a third interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Along with Shelton, Tim Bogar, Eduardo Perez, and Carlos Beltran are also receiving third interviews, SNY's Andy Martino has reported, with Martino noting that there are "likely more" candidates interviewing a third time. 

Oct. 27, 5:10 PM:

According to SNY's Andy Martino, Pat Murphy is not the only "mystery candidate" in the mix.

Murphy, currently serving as the Brewers' bench coach, has had multiple interviews with the Mets, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Oct. 27, 2:31 PM:

The Mets' third round of managerial interviews will begin this week, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, and Carlos Beltran are among those getting another interview. 

However, the above names aren't the only ones being asked back for a third round, according to Martino. 

Oct. 25, 2:08 PM:

Tim Bogar has become a strong contender to become the Mets' next manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

According to Martino, finalists have been meeting this week with Mets ownership -- an indication that the process will wrap up soon.

While Bogar is said to have interviewed well, Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez "have backers in the Mets organization" and remain in the running for the job.

The 52-year-old Bogar, currently serving as the Nationals' first base coach, had his second interview with the Mets on Thursday. 

Oct. 25, 1:34 PM:

Astros manager A.J. Hinch is "definitely not in mix" for Mets manager "on any level," SNY's Andy Martino reported.

If the Mets tried to pry Hinch -- who is close to GM Brodie Van Wagenen -- away from the Astros, they would have to trade for him since he is under contract.

Oct. 23, 8:04 PM:

It doesn't sound like the Mets are in much of a rush when it comes to naming their next manager.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets may look to bring back two or three finalists for another round of interviews.

Derek Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez all received second round interviews with the club.

MLB.com's Anthony DiComo has reported that the Mets are 'not particularly close' to naming a manager, and that the process could extend well beyond this week. 

Oct. 21, 3:48 PM:

Derek Shelton will be receiving a second interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post

According to Sherman, Skip Schumaker and Mike Bell will not be receiving second interviews. 

In addition to Shelton, Luis Rojas, Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Tim Bogar, and Eduardo Perez have also made it to the second round of the process. 

Girardi is having his second interview with the Mets on Tuesday, with Perez and Bogar having theirs on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. Beltran's interview will likely be on Friday, according to Martino.

According to Martino, there remains a high level of mystery and intrigue in the process, including a potential "bombshell candidate" yet to emerge.

Oct. 21, 8:09 AM:

The fifth candidate to receive a second interview for Mets manager will be Luis Rojas, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Rojas, 38, worked as the Mets' quality control coach in 2019 and has been working in the organization since 2007.

Oct. 20, 10:09 PM:

Among the four finalists reportedly set to advance in the Mets' managerial search, one interview will be conducted this week.

The fourth finalist, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, is Tim Bogar.

And according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Bogar will meet with the Mets for his second-round interview on Thursday.

Oct. 20, 9:58 PM:

The Mets have reportedly zeroed in on four finalists.

According to Ken Rosenthal of MLB on FOX and The Athletic, only a handful of the previously reported candidates will be considered going forward.

Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez and Tim Bogar are still in the running to become the next Mets manager, Rosenthal reported.

Oct. 19, 7:24 PM:

The Mets will begin their second round interviews next week, per SNY Insider Andy Martino.

Martino also noted that a decision by the end of the month is still a possibility, though the Mets are still doing some digging into names that have not surfaced yet. 

To this point, the known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike BellDerek Shelton, and Skip Schumaker. 

Oct. 18, 3:27 PM:

Skip Schumaker, currently serving as first base coach for the Padres, interviewed with the Mets on Friday, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Schumaker, 39, retired after the 2017 season after an 11-year career with the Cardinals, Dodgers, and Reds.

He has been the Padres' first base coach since 2018.

Oct. 18, 2:10 PM:

Nationals bench coach Tim Bogar will get an in-person interview for Mets manager, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With the Nationals off until the World Series begins on Oct. 22, it's possible Bogar's interview will take place within the next few days. 

Oct. 18, 12:33 PM:

"There is word of at least one more mystery candidate" for Mets manager, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a "surprise" hire is more than possible.

Martino added that the first round of interviews is winding down, but that the team is being extremely covert about the process.

The known candidates are Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran, Eduardo Perez, Tim Bogar, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton

Oct. 17, 1:10 PM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets has already taken place, reports SNY's Andy Martino. 

Meanwhile, Girardi, Buck Showalter, and Dusty Baker will all have second interviews with the Phillies for their manager job, reports Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer

Breen -- who reports that Girardi and Showalter are viewed as the favorites -- added that the three above candidates are believed to be the only candidates for the Phillies job, with the process expected to wrap up on Monday and a resolution expected soon after. 

Oct. 16, 6:40 PM:

Add another name into the mix for the Mets' next manager.

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Nationals first base coach Tim Bogar is another name to keep an eye on for the Mets job. A member of the Nats coaching staff for the past two seasons, Bogar also has coaching experience with the Rangers, Red Sox, and Rays. In 2014, he was the Rangers interim manager for 22 games, coaching the team to a 14-8 record. 

In 2015, he moved into the Angels front office as a special assistant to GM Jerry Dipoto, and he was named the Mariners GM prior to the 2016 campaign, where he remained for two seasons.

Bogar does have minor league managerial experience, and he was also a player for the Mets for 1993-96. In 297 games with the Mets, he hit .242 with six home runs and 57 RBI. 

Oct. 16, 3:19 PM:

Joe Girardi has stepped down as the manager for USA Baseball -- the team he was supposed to manage beginning on Nov. 2 in advance of the 2020 Olympics

"Joe Girardi, who was named the manager of Team USA in August, has stepped down from his role with Team USA as he pursues open managerial opportunities in Major League Baseball," USA Baseball said Wednesday in a press release.

Luis Rojas, another Mets managerial candidate, is still scheduled to manage the Dominican Republic team in the lead up to 2020. 

Oct. 15, 4:12 PM:

Some sources see Mike Bell as a dark horse candidate to become the Mets' manager because of a strong relationship with GM Brodie Van Wagenen, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Martino also spoke with Aaron Boone, who said he viewed Eduardo Perez as a "great candidate."

Oct. 15, 10:39 AM:

Joe Girardi's interview with the Mets is happening soon, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Tuesday, adding that Eduardo Perez and Carlos Beltran are other serious candidates for the job.

According to Martino, there is "heat" around the trio of Girardi, Perez, and Beltran.

Oct. 14, 3:28 PM:

Eduardo Perez is in New York on Monday for what is his second interview for the Mets' vacant managerial job, SNY's Andy Martino reported.

Perez, who has asked Yankees manager Aaron Boone for advice about the interview process, had his first interview over the phone. 

The 50-year-old Perez played for seven different teams during his major league career from 1993 to 2006. He also played one year in Japan -- with Hanshin in 2001. 

Since retiring, Perez has managed in Puerto Rico (where he was named 2008 Manager of the Year), managed Colombia in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, served as hitting coach for the Marlins (2011-12), and as bench coach for the Astros (2013).

Perez is currently an analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM.

He joins Carlos Beltran (who interviewed last week), Joe Girardi, Luis Rojas, Mike Bell, and Derek Shelton as candidates who will or have been interviewed.

Oct. 13, 6:57 PM:

Carlos Beltran spoke with the media Saturday for the first time since the Mets interviewed him Thursday, as SNY's Andy Martino reported.

While Beltran did not confirm that he interviewed, sources told Martino that his interview with the Mets "went well."

Also, Beltran said, the Mets are the only team he is considering to become a manager for, according to Nathalie Alonso of MLB's Spanish site, LasMayores.

Beltran declined managerial interviews with the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres, solely prioritizing the Mets.

Oct. 13, 3:51 PM:

The Phillies had just fired Gabe Kapler last week, and they're already starting their interview process. And a certain interviewee just so happens to be someone on the Mets list as well. 

Joe Girardi is reportedly interviewing with Philadelphia in the New York area on Monday, per NBC Sports' Jim SalisburyBuck Showalter is also expected to interview on Monday, while Dusty Baker will interview later this week. 

The Mets also have Girardi reportedly set for an interview this week, while already having Carlos Beltran in last Thursday. It will be a fight for these NL East rivals to see who gets the right manager.

Oct. 11, 8:33 PM:

The Mets in-person interviews have begun.

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, the team interviewed Carlos Beltran on Thursday, per a source.

Beltran has previously said that he'd "have to listen" if the Mets came calling, and now he is apparently the first candidate to interview in person with the team. He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Martino also notes that GM Brodie Van Wagenen has been conducting preliminary telephone interviews with other candidates.

Oct. 11, 12:52 PM:

The Mets have had internal discussions regarding John Gibbons, though the team has yet to contact him, according to SNY's Andy Martino

Gibbons compiled a 793-789 record in parts of 11 seasons as the Blue Jays manager, split across two separate stints in the Toronto dugout. The Blue Jays let him go following the 2018 season. He also had a brief major league career as a player, appearing in 18 games for the Mets, including eight during the 1986 championship season. 

Oct. 10, 10:27 PM:

According to SNY Insider Andy Martino, Joe Girardi is set to interview with the Mets next week.

The former Yankees and Marlins manager has already interviewed with the Cubs.

Martino has previously reported that Girardi wants to manage again, and will consider the Mets' opening. Girardi said on WFAN Tuesday "Again, I hope I get an opportunity to do it again. ...I'll be in New York next week doing studio work, and we'll see what happens."

Oct. 10, 12:54 PM:

The Mets will have Twins bench coach Derek Shelton for an in-person interview for their vacant manager role, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. He joins Joe Girardi, Carlos Beltran and Mike Bell in that category of the interview process.

The news was first reported by Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who notes the Pirates may also be looking into Shelton for their managerial search.

Shelton has served as the Twins bench coach for the past two seasons, including the Twins 101-win campaign in 2019 with Rocco Baldelli at the helm. Before his time with the Twins, he spent one season as the Blue Jays quality control coach. He also served as the Indians hitting coach for five seasons and the Rays hitting coach for one year.

Shelton managed in the Yankees minor league system for three seasons in the early 2000s.

Oct. 9, 3:03 PM:

The Mets are ramping up their interview process for the managerial job, and that will begin with some phone interviews. However, there are some in-person interviews already set in place. 

SNY's Andy Martino confirmed that Carlos Beltran will be getting one of those interviews, which many expected. Though it came out that Beltran didn't want to get into managing, he quickly debunked that claim saying "you'd have to listen." He currently works as a special advisor to Yankees GM Brian Cashman

Other than Beltran, Joe Girardi is another given in the in-person interview column. But Mike Bell, the younger brother of Reds manager David Bell, is also expected to get an in-person interview, says The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. He currently works as the Diamondbacks minor league director, but has interviewed for the Rangers and Orioles' manager jobs last season. 

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With baseball's Winter Meetings just a few days away, the MLB hot stove continues to burn, and one of the Mets' divisional foes is reportedly set to pursue some of the biggest names on the market.

The Phillies have already signed Zack Wheeler away from the Mets, agreeing to a five-year, $118 million deal with the right-hander, and now they're reportedly pursuing both Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, perhaps the two biggest names on the market outside of Gerrit Cole

MLB.com's Jon Heyman has reported that the Phillies have shown interest in both Strasburg and Cole, though the team is "especially interested" in Strasburg.

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will soon be in San Diego with his contingent and representatives from the 29 other clubs as the annual Winter Meetings begin.

The meetings officially start on Monday, Dec. 9 and conclude on Dec. 12. But things could start percolating as early as Sunday, when many of the most important movers and shakers start to arrive.

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Brad Brach
Brad Brach

The Mets have agreed to sign reliever Brad Brach, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed. 

Brach's deal will be for one year and $850,000 and also contains a player option for 2021 that is worth $1.25 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Brach, Chris Flexen was designated for assignment.

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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

The Mets need and are looking to add more starting pitching. However, the team's path to the postseason in 2020 may rest more on what they get from Steven Matz and Marcus Stroman than what the Mets get from the hot stove market this winter.

Zack Wheeler is officially gone, having signed a five-year deal to join the Phillies. The pitcher replacing him will either be Seth Lugo or someone specifically acquired to be their fifth starter. In all likelihood, whomever it is will almost certainly not translate into 15-16 team wins like Wheeler did the past two seasons.

Sure, the Mets could score more and/or not allow as many runs late in games so they're more successful when Jacob deGrom is regularly brilliant. For instance, despite winning his second straight Cy Young Award with a 2.53 ERA, the Mets were 14-18 in games that he started in 2019. That stat is painful every time I see it.

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Check out the view in the SNY Booth, with the camera on Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez, and Ron Darling for some big Mets moments of 2019!

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Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)
Aug 1, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) delivers the ball in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports (Quinn Harris)

The Phillies have yet to officially announce the addition of Zack Wheeler, though multiple reports have confirmed that the 29-year-old will join the Phillies on a five-year, $118 million deal.

New Phillies skipper Joe Girardi was asked about Wheeler on Thursday in Philadelphia, and while Girardi was only willing to speak in generalities, he did touch on what Wheeler brings to a pitching staff.

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Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Apr 14, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis (28) reacts with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) after hitting a home run against the Atlanta Braves during the second inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

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With their trade for Jake Marisnick, the Mets have added an elite defensive center fielder who might not give them much in terms of offense. But the acquisition will likely have ripple effects throughout the roster.

GM Brodie Van Wagenen made it known earlier this offseason that he was seeking to improve the Mets' defense. He also made it clear he preferred to play Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in the corner outfield spots.

With Wilson Ramos expected to return as the catcher and the infield defense up the middle set with Amed Rosario at shortstop and Robinson Cano at second base, center field seemed like the one spot where the Mets could seriously upgrade their defense. Now that they've done it, what will it mean for Conforto, Nimmo, and J.D. Davis? And what kind of impact will it have on Jeff McNeil?

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Aug 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) dives to catch Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez's fly ball during the ninth inning in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)
Aug 13, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Houston Astros center fielder Jake Marisnick (6) dives to catch Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez's fly ball during the ninth inning in game one of a baseball doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports (Patrick Gorski)

The Mets have acquired Astros CF Jake Marisnick in exchange for prospects Blake Taylor and Kenedy Corona.

Marisnick, who is known for his defense, hit .233/.289/.411 in 120 games for the Astros in 2019. He is a career .227/.280/.380 hitter in seven seasons with the Marlins and Astros.

The 28-year-old Marisnick is projected to make $3 million via arbitration in 2020, after which he is eligible for free agency.

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Mar 4, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Jarrett Parker (16) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Mar 4, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Jarrett Parker (16) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

The Mets have signed outfielder Jarrett Parker and infielder Max Moroff to minor league deals that include invitations to big league spring training, the team announced Thursday.

Parker, 30, has played in parts of four major league seasons with the Angels and Giants, hitting.249/.330/.441 with 15 homers in 140 games.

He spent the majority of the 2019 season in Triple-A, where he hit.266/.394/.535 with 24 homers in 96 games. In eight minor league seasons, Parker has hit .261/.368/.464 with 127 homers.

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Jul 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz (32), Noah Syndergaard (34) and Zack Wheeler (45) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Jul 28, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitchers Steven Matz (32), Noah Syndergaard (34) and Zack Wheeler (45) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Whether the Phillies doling out $118 million for five years of Zack Wheeler turns out to be an overpay or not, one thing that is certain is that Wheeler fleeing the Mets for a division rival that is trying to leapfrog them is bad for New York.

Shortly after Wheeler agreed to sign in Philly, Noah Syndergaard weighed in -- happy for his friend but conflicted as he posted on Twitter:

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Mets' Jeff McNeil
Mets' Jeff McNeil

Earlier this week, SNY's Andy Martino reported that Jeff McNeil, J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith could be required in order to trade for Brewers closer Josh Hader.

This makes sense, but McNeil isn't going to be traded.

"He has significant value to the Mets, not just on field, but as it pertains to their budget," an NL East executive told me this past weekend. "I see no reason when push comes to shove that they'd deal him."

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The Phillies are buying into the same obvious potential in Zack Wheeler that convinced me last winter he'd turned a corner in 2018 and blossomed into an elite starter, so I can understand why they gave him $118 million to upgrade their starting rotation. 

But here's the thing: Wheeler didn't turn that corner, as it turned out, and while brilliant at times in 2019, he was plagued by inconsistent command and mistake-pitch home runs that negated his dominant stuff too often, especially early as he pitched to a 4.96 ERA over the first 15 starts of the season.

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J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis

J.D. Davis made his major league debut with the Houston Astros on August 5, 2017.

He hit eighth in the lineup that day, going 1-for-4 while playing third base.

Three spots ahead of him in the lineup that day was Carlos Beltran, the man who is now the Mets manager.

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After ending his 2019 season strong, Brandon Nimmo is optimistic about the Mets as the calendar flips to the new year.

Nimmo, who turns 27 on March 27, returned Sept. 1 from his lengthy neck-injury rehab throughout the summer in time for the Mets' second-half surge into the playoff conversation.

He slashed .261/.430/.565 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 26 games down the stretch, and although the Mets were ultimately left out of the postseason, Nimmo drew inspiration from an NL East rival's successful run.

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Sterling Partners and Cohen Private ventures released a statement on Wednesday regarding the future of the Mets:

"The Sterling Partners and Steve Cohen are negotiating an agreement in which Steve Cohen would increase his investment in the New York Mets, the statement reads. As part of that agreement, Fred Wilpon will remain in the role of the Control Person and CEO for five years and Jeff Wilpon will remain in his role of Chief Operating Officer for the 5 year period as well.Steve Cohen will continue as CEO and President of Point72 Asset Management and his stake in the Mets will continue to be managed by his family office, Cohen Private Ventures."

Cohen bought a four percent stake in the Mets in 2012 for $20 million. He was also part of a bid to purchase the Dodgers around the same time. 

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In a nightmare outcome for the Mets, free agent Zack Wheeler has agreed to a five-year deal with the Phillies worth $118 million, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

Wheeler's camp circled back with the Mets before he agreed to sign with the Phillies, but the Mets did not make an offer, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

While Wheeler got paid handsomely, he actually turned down more money from the White Sox due in part to his desire to remain in close proximity to New Jersey -- where his wife is from -- reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

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Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) flips his bat after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 10, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) flips his bat after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

Before he started the second chapter of his MLB career with the Mets for the 2019 season, LF/3B J.D. Davis spent the previous two years in the Houston organization. 

With the Astros' sign-stealing scandal, which surfaced after the season and triggered an ongoing MLB investigation, questions remain about who knew what and when.

Asked about whether or not he knew of the Astros' alleged sign-stealing philosophy while with the team from 2017-18, Davis pointed directly to his numbers over those two seasons.

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Brodie Van Wagenen has expressed a desire to add a true center fielder this offseason, shift Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto to corner outfield spots, and use Jeff McNeil primarily at third base. All of that could impact J.D. Davis in a big way.

Davis spent 585.1 innings in left field in 2019 and 220 innings at third base. He was below average in left field and close to unplayable at third base, where he was worth -9 DRS

Speaking at Citi Field on Wednesday during the Mets' kids holiday party, Davis said his preference was to play third base -- where McNeil is expected to be most of the time -- but that he would play anywhere the team needs him.

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Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)
Aug 13, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Zack Wheeler (45) throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports (Brett Davis)

The Mets are open to a reunion with Zack Wheeler, who is an unrestricted free agent. Here's the latest...


Dec. 4, 2:21 PM:

SNY's Andy Martino has reported that Wheeler has reached an agreement with the Phillies. Many were getting the feeling that Wheeler's market was heating up to the highest degree before Winter Meetings, and that's exactly what happened as he joins the Mets' NL East rival. 

According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Wheeler's deal is five years and worth more than $100 million. 

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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Rick Porcello (Treated Image by SNY)
Rick Porcello (Treated Image by SNY)

There is mutual interest between the Mets and free-agent Rick Porcello, according to insiders aware of his offseason goals. This is good news because he's a perfect fit for the Mets.

As I wrote two weeks ago, the Phillies and Braves are among several teams that have been more aggressive than the Mets when it comes to signing Zack Wheeler. Insiders predicted to me weeks ago that Wheeler will get five years and $100 million, which at this point appears to be a foregone conclusion.

The same people also keep saying the Mets are more likely to let Wheeler walk in favor of a less expensive, more reliable, consistent, veteran starting pitcher to join the back of their rotation.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Doug Williams and Andy Martino are back with an all-new episode of the Shea Anything podcast! The guys dive into the upcoming Winter Meetings and what the Mets might target to bolster their roster. They also discuss why some "January guys" are being signed so early this offseason.

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Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar
Blake Treinen/Kevin Pillar

There were dozens of players across baseball who were non tendered on Monday and instanty became free agents. The following five should all come at a reasonable price and I hope will be under consideration by Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets...

Kevin Pillar, OF

The Mets are reportedly looking to add a center fielder. Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo can both play center field and their bats are needed in the lineup, so a defense-first option could make for a strong fit on the roster.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder J.D. Davis (28) celebrates his solo home run against the New York Yankees with left fielder Dominic Smith (22) during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the Mets having multiple needs to fill this offseason and potentially not much wiggle room in the budget to do so, they are reportedly exploring creative ways to clear money from the payroll.

One thing they're considering is trading Jed Lowrie and/or Jeurys Familia and enticing potentially interested teams to take on the money owed to either player by attaching a "low-cost, zero-to-three" player to the deal, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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May 27, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)
May 27, 2019; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Blake Treinen (39) throws a pitch during the ninth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports (Darren Yamashita)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets are already banking on a big bounce-back season from Edwin Diaz, arguably baseball's best closer in 2018. Why not double down on that approach for 2020, now that Blake Treinen is a free agent?

That way they only need to go 1-for-2 on the reliever volatility theory to fix their bullpen in spectacular fashion.

Treinen, every bit as dominant for the A's in 2018 as Diaz was for the Mariners, and nearly as dreadful in 2019, was set free on Monday night when Oakland chose to non-tender him a contract rather than pay him some $8 million next season via arbitration.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, John Harper
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In an effort to bolster their bullpen, could the answer for the Mets be lefty Josh Hader

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are interested in adding the Brewers reliever via trade.  

Of course, a trade come with a price.  

 

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Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 24, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Miami Marlins during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets had nine arbitration-eligible players entering the offseason and trimmed that number to eight when they DFA'd Joe Panik.

On Monday, the team announced that they had officially tendered contracts to Marcus StromanNoah Syndergaard, Michael ConfortoEdwin Diaz , Steven MatzSeth Lugo, Brandon Nimmo, and Robert Gsellman

Once a player is offered arbitration, the team and that player's agent have until a set date -- usually at some point in February -- to come to terms on a new contract. If that doesn't happen, both sides submit salary proposals and the player's salary is determined at a hearing by independent arbitrators. 

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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Feb 24, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros staff member Tony DeFrancesco during media day for the Houston Astros at Osceola Heritage Park. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Feb 24, 2016; Kissimmee, FL, USA; Houston Astros staff member Tony DeFrancesco during media day for the Houston Astros at Osceola Heritage Park. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

Tony DeFrancesco is a possibility to become the Mets' first base coach, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

The 56-year-old DeFrancesco has been the Mets' Triple-A manager since 2018 -- in Las Vegas in 2018 and in Syracuse in 2019 after the team relocated.

DeFrancesco interviewed for the Mets' managerial opening before it went to Carlos Beltran.

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With the Mets interested in trading for Brewers closer Josh Hader, one question is how much the Mets would have to give up in order to land him. Another question is how much they should be willing to give up.

Arguably the best reliever in baseball, the 25-year-old Hader has immense value. He is entering his first of four arbitration years, and will likely get more expensive each season from 2020 to 2023.

It can be argued that with their farm system still in the midst of being rebuilt that the Mets should be focused on the free agent market when it comes to improving the bullpen. But if they are serious about going for Hader, it could make sense to also take back Ryan Braun (and a sizable portion of what he's owed) in order to provide the Brewers even more salary relief and make what they send to Milwaukee hurt less.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Edwin Diaz, Franklyn Kilome, Jeff McNeil, Mark Vientos, Thomas Szapucki, Danny Abriano
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Jackie Bradley Jr. (Kevin Jairaj)
Jackie Bradley Jr. (Kevin Jairaj)

If the Mets want Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to be their center field fix, they're now going to have to trade for him. 

According to the Boston Globe's Alex Speier, the Red Sox have tendered a 2020 contract to Bradley. If Boston had not hit Bradley with a tender, then he would've become a free agent, where things would've have been much simpler for GM Brodie Van Wagenen & Co. 

Now Bradley and the Sox have until a set date (usually in February) to come to terms on an agreement. If that doesn't happen, then arbitration will begin with both sides submitting salary proposals that independent arbitrators will use to determine a salary for the 2020 season. 

 

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Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)
Brewers LHP Josh Hader (Jeff Curry)

The Mets are one of many teams interested in trading for Brewers reliever Josh Hader, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who says it's not yet clear if the Brewers will deal him.

Martino adds that the price for the Mets would be high -- in the J.D. Davis, Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil category. 

Hader "is indeed available," according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who reported late Sunday night that the Mets are "one team to watch" when it comes to Milwaukee potentially dealing arguably the best reliever in baseball.

Tags: Jeff McNeil, Danny Abriano
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Do you remember the first cell phone you've ever used? These Mets certainly do. 

From Brandon Nimmo to Noah Syndergaard, we're "Going Deep" to hear about their first cell phone experience...

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard
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Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine talks with the media Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Cleveland. Valentine, the most experienced of the finalists for Cleveland's manager's job, got his second interview with the Indians. Valentine's managerial resume includes more than 2,000 games, six seasons in Japan and a trip to the World Series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)
Former New York Mets manager Bobby Valentine talks with the media Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, in Cleveland. Valentine, the most experienced of the finalists for Cleveland's manager's job, got his second interview with the Indians. Valentine's managerial resume includes more than 2,000 games, six seasons in Japan and a trip to the World Series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) (Tony Dejak/AP)

As Carlos Beltran takes on his first season as manager of the Mets, a former skipper has some advice for his squad. 

Bobby Valentine spoke to TMZ Sports at Mariano Rivera's charity event on Saturday night, and said as long as Beltran can help fix the team's bullpen struggles, the Mets will definitely find success in 2020. 

"I hope he can get the end of the bullpen together and maybe even get (Yoenis) Cespedes to play a little, and put that group together offensively, so they can be consistent to go with that pitching," Valentine explained. 

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Pete Alonso, Scott Thompson
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Hall of Famer and former Mets catcher Mike Piazza had his introductory press conference as the new head coach of Italy's national team early Friday morning, and discussed a number of different topics as he prepares for his new role.

Piazza, who spent 16 seasons in the MLB playing for the Dodgers, Marlins, Mets, Padres and Athletics, plans to take what he used as a player and convert it into teaching his new players the game as they prepare for the 2020 European Baseball Championship and 2021 World Baseball Championship.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Pete Alonso
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When it comes to prospects, I talk to a lot of people in and around baseball. I listen to people within the Mets organization. I read every list published online, and I talk to a variety of minor-league reporters, experts and scouts. As a result, I end every season with a notebook full of names that are most mentioned when talking about the team's farm system.

Interestingly, unlike previous seasons, the combination of question marks and potential seemed to result in me being asked about the same three to four names.

Based on those questions and what wound up in my notebook, here is my list of comments about the three most asked about prospects in the Mets' farm system...

Tags: Andres Gimenez, Pete Alonso, Steven Matz, Thomas Szapucki, Matthew Cerrone
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Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin and Howie Kendrick. (Treated Image by SNY)
Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin and Howie Kendrick. (Treated Image by SNY)

John Harper, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In honor of Black Friday, where the lure of bargains convinces otherwise rational people to navigate the madness of overcrowded shopping, here's a list of free agents on which you won't find Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, or Anthony Rendon.
 
No, this isn't the big-ticket aisle but more of a discount store for players who could provide the best bang for the buck. 

In some cases that means gambling on bounce-back seasons for players who were dealing with injuries, in others it means settling for an under-the-radar level of performance and certainty.

Tags: Asdrubal Cabrera, Cameron Maybin, Dellin Betances, Didi Gregorius, John Harper
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Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Aug 20, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Starling Marte (6) circles the bases on a three run home run against the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

One of the Mets' top priorities this offseason is acquiring a new starting outfielder, and Pirates All-Star Starling Marte has been rumored to be traded to New York.

On Thursday, MLB Insider Hector Gomez tweeted out a video of Marte speaking about a potential trade to the Mets.

"They (Pirates) have the power to decide," Marte said. "If I had it in me, I left now because the caliber of players we have is not to compete in a World Series. The Mets have it all, it would be a great opportunity to play with them."

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A look at some Black Friday deals for New York sports fans. (SNY)
A look at some Black Friday deals for New York sports fans. (SNY)

With Thanksgiving almost here and the holiday season around the corner, New York sports fans can capitalize on some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Whether it be apparel or electronics, here are some considerations on what you can buy...


For the Mets fan who misses the black jerseys

Marcus Stroman took to social media to say the Mets "need to" bring back the black jerseys and hats every so often (Pete Alonso agrees). Well, fans who agree can buy this black Mike Piazza jersey with itmes up to 65% off at the Mets Official Online Shop.

Mike Piazza Mitchell & Ness Cooperstown Collection Mesh Batting Practice Jersey$82.49 ... $27.50 off with code SINGLE

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Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)
Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner and Gerrit Cole (SNY)

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Chew on this while you chew on a turkey leg. 

We know you're not supposed to bring up politics or religion at Thanksgiving Dinner. But what about predictions for Major League Baseball free agency? 

Even your eccentric uncle likes those tasty morsels.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Zack Wheeler, Anthony McCarron
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Drew Pomeranz
Drew Pomeranz

Brodie Van Wagenen has prioritized relief help this offseason along with adding a true center fielder and potentially a starting pitcher to replace Zack Wheeler. Now, roughly one month into the offseason, two of the best relievers are off the board.

Left-handed reliever Drew Pomeranz has agreed to sign with the Padres, per multiple reports, with Robert Murray reporting the deal will be for four years.

One scout predicted earlier this month to SNY contributor John Harper that Pomeranz could get a three-year deal worth $8-9 million a year.

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As the Winter Meetings creep closer and closer by the day, speculation continues to swirl around about what Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has planned this offseason.

One rumor that came about via MLB Network's Jon Heyman was the Mets showing interest in a trade for Starling Marte. Though it has not been indicated that Marte is on the trade block, Van Wagenen may talk to Pirates GM Ben Cherington to propose some trade packages. 

SNY's Jim Duquette put together his own trade package of some Mets top prospects in INF Andres Gimenez, RHP Franklyn Kilome, and either INF Mark Vientos or LHP David Peterson in exchange for Marte. And, well, it caused a little stir. 

Duquette sat down with "The Thread" crew to explain why he made his package this way, and why he believes if anyone has a shot to land Marte this offseason, it would be Van Wagenen and the Mets...

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Apr 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins bench coach Derek Shelton (9) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Apr 22, 2018; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins bench coach Derek Shelton (9) at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Pirates have hired Derek Shelton as their next manager, the team announced on Wednesday.

Shelton, 49, was a finalist for Mets manager along with Carlos Beltran and Eduardo Perez before the job went to Beltran.

During the Mets' interview process, one Mets person was "dazzled" by Shelton and called him a "future star," according to SNY's Andy Martino.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Danny Abriano
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Blake Treinen (David Richard)
Blake Treinen (David Richard)

As they look to cut payroll for the 2020 season, the Athletics are discussing trades of reliever Blake Treinen, infielder Jurickson Profar, and catcher Josh Phegley, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, adding that all three players are non-tender candidates.

For the Mets, who already have a potentially overcrowded infield and a starting catcher, the only player of interest here should be Treinen.

The 31-year-old Treinen was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2018 and one of the worst in 2019, and is projected to earn $7.8 million via arbitration in 2020 -- a potentially steep price for any interested team to pay in addition to giving literally anything up via trade.

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Danny Abriano
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When it comes to mashing a no doubter over the fence, a bat flip normally ensues. 

And the Mets had some memorable ones this season. 

From Pete Alonso to Todd Frazier, here are the best bat flips from the Mets this season...

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Jeremy Hefner took the mound for the first game of the four-game series against the Marlins. Hefner exited after 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits. (AP)
Jeremy Hefner took the mound for the first game of the four-game series against the Marlins. Hefner exited after 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits. (AP)

The Mets and Jeremy Hefner are in agreement on terms for him to become pitching coach, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Jon Heyman of the MLB Network reported on Tuesday that Hefner was the choice. 

Hefner, who worked this past season as the assistant pitching coach for the Twins, was hired by Minnesota as a scout after the 2017 season shortly after his pitching career ended.

Martino reported on Monday night that Hefner was a "very strong candidate" to land the Mets' gig while also reporting that Gil Patterson was out of the running.

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Brett Gardner (Treated Image by SNY)
Brett Gardner (Treated Image by SNY)

The Mets need an experienced, everyday center fielder, specifically Brett Gardner.

The Yankees, though, again have a hole in center filed now that Aaron Hicks is expected to miss a large chunk of the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery.

This is why earlier this month, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he's been in contact with Gardner's agent, despite reports late in the season that their time together had likely come to an end.

"I want to continue playing," Gardner said in October, according to the New York Post. "Physically and mentally I feel great. My family wants me to keep playing. Hopefully, that's here (with the Yankees)."

Tags: Aaron Hicks, Brandon Nimmo, Brett Gardner, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Matthew Cerrone
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May 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Josh Harrison (1) hits a double during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
May 25, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Josh Harrison (1) hits a double during the eighth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Two-time All-Star Josh Harrison signed with the Phillies on a minor-league deal on Tuesday, as announced by the team.

But according to a report from MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Phillies weren't the only NL East team in contention for the veteran.

Heyman reports that Harrison's second choice was the Mets, but the 32-year-old utility man elected instead to sign with the Phillies, who will invite him to spring training as part of the deal.

Tags: Dominic Smith, Jeff McNeil
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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) pitches in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Coming on as the Mets new manager, Carlos Beltran will be sure to reach out to his players throughout the offseason to touch base before Spring Training gets underway. 

Well, his call to RHP Marcus Stroman was on Tuesday, and Stroman definitely liked what he heard. 

Stroman went to his Twitter to explain how his conversation with Beltran showed him how much "insight and knowledge" he has. 

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Phil Regan
Phil Regan

With the Mets hiring Jeremy Hefner to be their pitching coach, the brief tenure of Phil Regan as interim pitching coach will officially come to an end. But it doesn't look like the end of Regan's time with the Mets.

The "early indication" is that Regan will remain in the organization and again have a minor league role, while also assisting in Spring Training, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The 82-year-old Regan, who took over for the fired Dave Eiland during the 2019 season and held the pitching coach job through the end of the season, has been serving as a pitching coach this offseason for Toros del Este in the Dominican Republic.

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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
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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)

Gil Patterson is no longer in the running to be the next Mets' pitching coach, according to SNY's Andy Martino. Twins assistant pitching coach Jeremy Hefner is a very strong candidate to get the job, but nothing has been finalized, sources tell Martino.

Patterson, 64, epitomizes the term "baseball lifer." He was drafted by the Yankees at No. 7 overall in the 1975 draft, and though his playing career was over by 1982, he's been a coach at either the minor or major league level since 1984.

He has previously served as a major league pitching coach for the Blue Jays from 2002-2004 and is in his third stint with the Athletics' organization, currently as the team's minor league pitching coordinator.

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