Dan Warthen will not be retained as Mets pitching coach next season, and has been offered another role in the organization, the team announced Tuesday.
Warthen has not yet indicated whether he'll accept a different role, GM Sandy Alderson said Tuesday, adding that the potential role has not yet been fleshed out.
The Mets will retain hitting coach Kevin Long, assistant hitting coach Pat Roessler, and third base coach Glenn Sherlock. Bench coach Dick Scott, first base coach Tom Goodwin, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones have all been given permission to speak to other teams, pending the completion of the Mets' managerial search.
Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard twice came out in support of Warthen recently, and said on Sunday that the uncertainty surrounding Warthen's job was 'BS.'
The Mets hired Warthen during June, 2008, after Rick Peterson was let go as the team's pitching coach. Prior to joining the Mets, he had been a bullpen coach for the Dodgers, and a minor league instructor and pitching coach for the Tigers, Padres and Mariners.
According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, the top candidates to replace Warthen are Mets bullpen coach Ricky Bones and minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick. Red Sox director of pitching development Brian Bannister (who pitched for the Mets in 2006) and Athletics pitching coach Curt Young may also be considered for the job.
Frank Viola, currently serving as pitching coach for Triple-A Las Vegas, is not expected to be a candidate, according to Puma.
Warthen had been planning to retire to after at the end of 2017 However, given how poorly the pitching staff performed, he told the Daily News in August that hoped to coach one more season.
"I know I do a good job," Warthen recently told the Bergen Record's Matt Ehalt. "There are not too many people better than me."
In 2015, Warthen's starting rotation finished with the fourth-best ERA in baseball (3.43) as they advanced deep in to the postseason. The next year, despite losing Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz to season-ending injuries, the starting rotation finished with the third-best ERA in baseball (3.61).
However, the group set a franchise low 5.14 ERA in 2017, again due in large part to missing Harvey, Matz, and Zack Wheeler, as well as Noah Syndergaard, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo, all of whom spent significant time on the disabled list.
In 2015, Warthen's starting rotation finished with the fourth-best ERA in baseball (3.43) as they advanced deep in to October, losing to the Royals in the World Series. The next year, despite losing Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, and Steven Matz to season-ending injuries, Warthen's starting rotation finished with the third-best ERA in baseball (3.61).
In late-June, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said Warthen was not in danger of losing his job.
"He's part of the solution," Alderson said. "He's part of the group of people, including the pitchers, as well as the coaching staff, who are trying to figure out how to get this staff back to where we expected it to be."