Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Sep 19, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) rounds the bases after hitting a walk off solo home run in the tenth inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The MLB Winter Meetings officially begin Monday through Thursday in Las Vegas.

The Mets should be looking to improve their bullpen, as well as add an everyday catcher, at least one impact hitter and depth beneath the entire roster.

Here are the latest headlines and rumblings from each of the above markets, followed by my own insight and anaylsis.

Adding to the bullpen...

Free-agent relievers Adam Ottavino and David Robertson are the pitchers on Brodie Van Wagenen's list of bullpen targets, SNY's Andy Martino said Sunday.

The Red Sox are also interested in Robertson and Ottavino, Jon Heyman of Fancred added.

According to Mark Feinsand, there are at least six teams interested in Robertson.

INSIGHT & ANALYSIS >> The Mets very much want to leave this week's Winter Meetings with at least one high-leverage reliever to support elite closer Edwin Diaz, whom they acquired from the Mariners earlier this month.



Along those lines, I've heard Andrew Miller is weighing proposals from the Mets, Cardinals, Yankees, Red Sox and most of the up to 12 teams looking for back-end relief help. Robertson would reportedly prefer to pitch for a team in the Northeast, which would put the Mets in play with the Red Sox and Yankees. That said, there are teams out west that have been pitching Robertson, including the Dodgers and Giants.

The market for J.T. Realmuto...

The Mets have been persistent in their attempt to trade for Marlins C J.T. Realmuto.

There may be up to dozen teams interested in him, with the Dodgers and Astros joining the Mets as the most aggressive team in pursuit, ESPN's Buster Olney reported this past weekend.

The Padres also have interest, according to San Diego reports.

INSIGHT & ANALYSIS >> I've been told by sources in Miami that the cruz of a deal with the Mets centers around Amed Rosario, whom Derek Jeter covets, but the Mets have no interest in trading. There have been reports indicating the Marlins are insisting on two under-contract, league-minimum, established big leaguers, which for the Mets would need to be Rosario and, I guess, Brandon Nimmo, since Michael Conforto is now eligible for arbitration.



There is zero chance the Mets trade Rosario and Nimmo in the same deal. I do, however, think they'd consider trading just Rosario for Realmuto, because the Indians like Nimmo. The Mets have been known to have interest in Indians starters Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer.

In the end, I now believe Realmuto will be dealt. If it's big league players they want, the Mets and Dodgers probably have the best shot. If it's a basket of prospects, the Mets have no chance, whereas the Padres probably jump to the front of the line...

Adding another big hitter...

The NY Post's Mike Puma expects the Mets to contact the Dodgers about Yasiel Puig, who local reports indicate is on the outs in Los Angeles and likely to get dealt sooner than later.

Puig will likely earn roughly $11 million this season, after which he'll be a free agent.

The Dodgers are also considering trading Matt Kemp and Joc Pederson in an effort to sign Bryce Harper, ESPN's Buster Olney added.

INSIGHT & ANALYSIS >> Also, in regards to the outfield, I'm hearing from insiders that free-agent center fielder A.J. Pollock is asking currently asking for a five- or six-year deal worth as much as $90 million. However, the same people tell me he'll never get more than three years and $45 million... We'll see. The Mets have interest, according to local reports.



In regards to the Dodgers, if I'm making a trade with them, I'd much rather have Joc than Puig. Pederson is under contract the next three seasons, arbitration eligible and likely due between $10-12 million. He's young, fast, plays center field and usually good for 2.5 WAR each season. 

Trading Noah Syndergaard...

Van Wagenen said he'd need to be overwhelmed to deal Noah Syndergaard, though reports continue to suggest the pitcher is available in the right deal.

Van Wagenen has suggested he's inclined to keep right-hander Noah Syndergaard, but some teams believe they'd "absolutely" deal him "for the right offer," Buster Olney of ESPN writes (subscription required). The Syndergaard situation has been among the most interesting storylines of the young offseason, and it appears it'll remain that way with the aggressive Van Wagenen set for his first Winter Meetings atop the Mets. With three arbitration-eligible seasons remaining,

INSIGHT & ANALYSIS >> I like Brodie's approach here. The fact is, given the current market, Syndergaard is one of the most valuable pitchers being talked about. So, it makes total sense that Brodie would dangle him as trade bait. 

The Padres keep getting linked to him, but if they're not giving up Fernando Tatis Jr., there is no way Van Wagenen will make the trade. 

The dark horse teams are said to be the Rockies and Astros, both of whom have legit big-league players they could deal, as well as solid prospects to push a trade through.



Still, I think there's a less-than 50 percent chance Syndergaard gets dealt. And, if he does, it'll be for a productive position player filling a void that Van Wagenen will then be able to cross off his to-do list.

Replacing Syndergaard, if he's dealt...

In the event Syndergaard is traded, the Mets are expected to ink a free-agent starting pitcher, which Martino has said is a market they've been keeping tabs on since November.

The Indians will trade one of Kluber and Bauer, according to Olney.

However, Martino says, despite having interest in both pitchers, the Indians and Mets are not close to agreeing to a deal.

The next tier market offers up free-agent pitcher Trevor Cahill, who has drawn interest from four to five teams open to giving him a multiyear deal, according to Fancred.com's Jon Heyman of Fancred.

INSIGHT & ANALYSIS >> I keep hearing Van Wagenen and Mickey Callaway really want to Kluber or Bauer to join Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom in next year's rotation, which would allow them to put Jason Vargas in the bullpen. To do this, it would take dealing Nimmo, who, as mentioned above, could be part of a deal to get Realmuto. So, there's probably no scenario that could net the Mets both Realmuto and Kluber. It's probably one or the other, or neither, because other teams might pay more.

In either case, I think it's quite clear that Van Wagenen loves to network and he's eager to make big moves. So, there is no doubt that the Mets are going to be the subject of A LOT of rumors this week, and hopefully they'll make some news along the way...


MCCARRON: 5 things that should be on Mets' Winter Meetings checklist >> Read more

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With Day 2 of the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. taking place, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen took the time to speak with WFAN's Mike Francesa on what the team has done to set up their managerial staff and on what's to come on filling out the rest of their coaching staff.

The Mets have many moves to come as they continue to shore up their coaching staff, as well as dealing with free agency. Plus, they just hired Carlos Beltran as their new manager less than two weeks ago, so this team's got a lot going on this offseason.

Speaking of Beltran, Van Wagenen spoke on what the former Met did to separate himself from the other candidates for the manager position: "From Day 1 and all the way till the end of the process, he was the same guy--he never came across like he was selling, he never came across like he was trying to search for the answers that I wanted to hear, he was Carlos Beltran. And he maintained that throughout the whole process and I respected it and the authenticity will play well to our players."

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BVW could bolster bullpen more 00:01:28
New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen feels comfortable in his second offseason and is all for adding talented arms to their bullpen

It is Day 2 at the GM Meetings out in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen once again discussed multiple topics regarding his team heading into the offseason. 

Here's what you need to know about what Van Wagenen touched on...

Amed Rosario won't make the outfield shift

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Carlos Beltran on Terry Collins 00:01:43
Carlos Beltran talks to Steve Gelbs about his relationship with Terry Collins and whether Collins will serve as his bench coach

Fredi Gonzalez has now joined the discussion to be the next bench coach for the Mets, it was reported by The New York Post's Mika Puma on Tuesday afternoon.

Gonzalez, who has been the third base coach for the Marlins over the last three seasons, is expected to meet with team officials back in New York once the GM meetings are over. 

Gonzalez has been coaching or managing in the majors since 1999, starting his career as a third base coach with the Marlins before moving on to the Braves in 2003. 

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Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 2, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Michael Conforto (30) reacts after hitting a two run RBI double against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Shortly after the 2019 season ended, Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen sought to cut off any rumors about Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz before they began, saying that the plan was for both of them to be part of the team in 2020.

What about Michael Conforto?

Asked on Monday at the GM meetings whether he would put Conforto on a list of basically untouchable players along with Syndergaard and Diaz, Van Wagenen indicated that he would.

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DeGrom is back for a sequel 00:01:02
They didn't think he could win the Cy Young Award the first time, now Jacob deGrom returns, and is back in the biggest sequel of the summer!

They didn't think he could win the Cy Young Award the first time, now Jacob deGrom returns, and is back in the biggest sequel of the summer!

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What should the Mets prioritize? 00:01:45
Andy Martino breaks down what he's hearing at the GM meetings. Is starting pitching or bullpen help a priority for the Mets?

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen has cited the bullpen, center field, and the starting rotation as key areas the team needs to address heading into the 2020 season. But could payroll limitations get in the way?

Asked on Monday at the GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. if the Mets would be willing to exceed the $208 million luxury tax for 2020, Van Wagenen bobbed and weaved a bit.

"Our goal is to identify what the acquisition costs are of players and then make recommendations to the ownership group that we think are going to put the team in the best situation to succeed," Van Wagenen explained. "So we will do that. And if the luxury tax threshold becomes something we have to consider, then we will talk about it at that time."

Tags: David Wright, Edwin Diaz, Michael Conforto, Noah Syndergaard, Yoenis Cespedes, Danny Abriano
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Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Feb 21, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis (54) poses for a photo on photo day at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Mets have not yet reached a deal to bring Chili Davis back as hitting coach, but it is expected to get done, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

Davis, who was the Mets' hitting coach in 2019, was a finalist to become Phillies hitting coach, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The 59-year-old Davis became the Mets' hitting coach last December -- replacing Pat Roessler -- after serving as the Cubs' hitting coach in 2018. He worked in the same capacity for the Red Sox from 2015-2017 and the Athletics from 2012-2014.

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Pete wants to keep winning in NY 00:06:20
Pete Alonso joined Gary Apple and Doug Williams after winning NL Rookie of the Year. The first baseman says winning a World Series is next.

Just moments after being named the NL Rookie of the Year, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso joined SNY's Baseball Night in New York to talk about his historic first season as big leaguer. 

But when he was asked about his goals for 2020 and beyond, the 24-year-old unsurprisingly kept his answer team-oriented.

"I'm really happy with the season I had," Alonso said. "But the ultimate goal is to win a World Series. I want to win a World Series and help the New York mets hoist that trophy at the end of the year.

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 (Adam Hunger)
(Adam Hunger)

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen already said he's going to take a look at what can be done to improve the team's bullpen this offseason. 

Could that start with someone in their own backyard? 

According to SNY's Andy Martino, the Mets are looking at Yankees' free agent Dellin Betances as an option to bolster their bullpen. 

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Zack Wheeler
Zack Wheeler

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


Nov. 11, 9:08 PM:

The Astros met with Wheeler's agents at the GM Meetings, according to Jon Heyman.

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Van Wagenen plans for year two 00:02:28
Brodie Van Wagenen joins Andy Martino to discuss what the GM hopes to accomplish at his second GM meetings and this offseason as a whole

After speaking with the media at MLB's GM Meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz., Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen chatted with SNY's Andy Martino

The two touched on what the second-year general manager is hoping to get accomplished both at the meetings this week, and the offseason as a whole.

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Van Wagenen on Wheeler and Ramos 00:01:26
Brodie Van Wagenen commented on various free agency scenarios including Zack Wheeler, the catching situation and the Mets priorities.

Moments after Mets first baseman Pete Alonso took home the National League Rookie of the Year Award, New York general manager Brodie Van Wagenen spoke at the MLB GM meetings.

Here are the takeaways from Van Wegenen's discussion with reporters...  


Latest on Zack Wheeler contract negotiations...

"We started dialogue with his camp before the trade deadline last year. We expressed interest in having him be apart of what we're doing moving forward. Obviously he earned the right to explore free agency, he's got a decision to make later this week [on the qualifying offer the Mets extended him]. We'll certainly continue to have those discussions moving forward."

"Wheeler is a good pitcher. That's why we offered him the qualifying offer, we didn't take that lightly. I think he's put himself in a position to be an attractive player. We'll continue to have dialogue."

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Alonso's reaction to winning 00:00:32
Watch Pete Alonso and his family and friend's reaction to winning NL Rookie of the Year. Pete's the first Met since deGrom in 2014 to win

Pete Alonso was surrounded by family and friends as he learned he was named the National League Rookie of the Year from his parents house in Tampa, Fla. 

Take a look and watch the celebration as Alonso learned he was the sixth Met in franchise history to win the award.

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Alonso's teammates say congrats 00:01:15
Pete Alonso's teammates react to him winning NL Rookie of the Year. Noah Syndergaard, Dom Smith, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz give praise.

After Pete Alonso was named National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, the congratulations from Mets teammates poured in.

Check out Noah Syndergaard, Dom Smith, Michael Conforto and Steven Matz all took the time to offer their congratulations to Alonso, who came just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously

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Sep 17, 2019; Denver, CO, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth 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 first baseman Pete Alonso (20) celebrates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Pete Alonso became the sixth Met to win NL Rookie of the Year on Monday, and was just one vote shy of doing so unanimously. 

Coincidentally, Jacob deGrom also got 29 out of 30 first place votes when he was named the Cy Young Award winner last season, when the San Diego Union Tribune's John Maffei voted for Max Scherzer over deGrom. 

Maffei infamously was uninterested in discussing his decision, hanging up on WFAN's Steve Somers when the radio host attempted to find some kind of explanation for not voting for deGrom.

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Pete Alonso
Pete Alonso

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If there was a moment that perfectly summed up Pete Alonso's momentous season, one that was capped off Monday with the announcement of his National League Rookie of the Year Award, I would argue that it wasn't one of his record-breaking 53 home runs, eye-popping as some of them were. 

Instead I'd say it was his bases-loaded walk, of all things, in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sept. 6 that forced home the game-winning run against the Phillies -- largely because it left him doing TV interviews on SNY and then MLB Network shirtless, after his jersey was ripped off him by teammates in celebration.

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Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)
Mets' Pete Alonso (Treated Image by SNY)

What has been a fait accompli since the 2019 MLB season ended is now official: Mets first baseman Pete Alonso is the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year. 

Alonso beat out finalists Mike Soroka of the Braves and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the Padres for the award. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with the other one going to Soroka. Yordan Alvarez won AL Rookie of the Year unanimously.

"I am so grateful to the Baseball Writers' Association for their recognition," Alonso said. "I'm truly blessed and humbled to be part of a group of some of the best to ever play the game. This season was the most special time I've ever had on a baseball field. I'm extremely thankful to the Mets for allowing me the opportunity to prove myself at the major league level this year. I can't wait to get back to work in the spring and make a push for the postseason in 2020."

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Jun 20, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines pitching coach Chris Fetter looks on during team practice at Creighton University. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)
Jun 20, 2019; Omaha, NE, USA; Michigan Wolverines pitching coach Chris Fetter looks on during team practice at Creighton University. Mandatory Credit: Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (Steven Branscombe)

After meeting with the Mets in at MLB's GM Meetings in Scottsdale on Monday, Chris Fetter has emerged as a "strong candidate," according to SNY's Andy Martino

Fetter, 33, currently serves as pitching coach at the University of Michigan and is widely considered to be one of the hot coaching names around the industry He interviewed for the Yankees pitching coach job earlier this month, but eventually lost out to Matt Blake.

He also has experience coaching at the professional level and was the Dodgers' minor league pitching coordinator before leaving to join Michigan's coaching staff.

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Red Sox OF Mookie Betts
Red Sox OF Mookie Betts

MLB executives believe at least one of Mookie Betts, Francisco Lindor or Kris Bryant will be traded this offseason, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi.

The way I see it, of the three, Betts is most likely to find a new home. And he's a good fit for the Mets.

Bryant fits the Mets, too. I'm not convinced Chicago will end up trading him, though. Like with Lindor, while it's worth it for each team to listen to offers, the Cubs and Indians have these players under contract for more than just next season.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Jeff McNeil, Michael Conforto, Robinson Cano, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Matthew Cerrone
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Pete Alonso's memorable moments 00:01:14
Relive some of New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso's most memorable moments from first MLB season.

With Pete Alonso on the verge of winning the National League's Rookie of the Year award, we took a look at the Mets first baseman's most memorable moments of the season. 

From his record-breaking blast to the Polar Bear stripping down (kind of), here they are and watch the video above:


April 1:  Alonso hits his first major-league blast, a three-run shot while on the road in Miami.

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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...

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 (Wendell Cruz)
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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

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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.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Edwin Diaz, Jacob deGrom, Justin Wilson, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz
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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.

Tags: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, Danny Abriano
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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)

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."

Tags: Carlos Beltran, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Andres Gimenez, David Peterson, Danny Abriano
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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.

Tags: Carlos Beltran, John Harper
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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. 

Tags: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia
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