Player News - Mets

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ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is "regarded as the favorite" at this juncture for the team's managerial opening.

It's not a surprise since he's the only one who has interviewed so far. The process figures to be fluid, with Astros bench coach Alex Cora, White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and former Nationals and Indians skipper Manny Acta all interviewing for the job this week. Long has been a hitting coach in the majors since 2007 with the Yankees and then the Mets and had some minor league managerial experience prior to that.
Oct 16 - 5:08 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that former Tigers skipper Brad Ausmus declined to be interviewed for the Mets' vacant manager job.

Heyman also says that former White Sox manager Robin Ventura -- who had been considered a likely candidate -- hasn't shown interest in the gig and isn't in the mix. Astros bench coach Alex Cora will interview with the Mets on Tuesday and White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing will interview Wednesday. ESPN's Buster Olney also reports that former Nationals and Indians skipper Manny Acta will interview later this week. To this point, Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is the only one who has interviewed for the job.
Oct 16 - 4:57 PM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets will likely interview Astros bench coach Alex Cora for their managerial vacancy on Monday or Tuesday.

The timing makes sense with the Astros in town to face the Yankees in the ALCS. Cora reportedly interviewed with the Red Sox over the weekend and is considered the club's top candidate for the job. White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing is expected to interview with the Mets on Wednesday, though he is also under consideration for the Tigers' job. Kevin Long, Robin Ventura, Chip Hale, Bob Geren, and Sandy Alomar, Jr. are among the other names who have been linked to the opening with the Mets.
Oct 16 - 11:44 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets plan to interview Kevin Long for their managerial opening "within the next few days."

Long, the Mets' current hitting coach, was called a potential frontrunner for the job on the same day Terry Collins resigned. Robin Ventura, Chip Hale, Joe McEwing, and Sandy Alomar Jr. are some of the other known candidates.
Oct 12 - 12:36 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Indians first base coach Sandy Alomar Jr. is getting "strong consideration" to be interviewed for the Mets' managerial vacancy.

Alomar Jr. was a catching instructor with the Mets from 2008-09 before being hired by the Indians before the 2010 season. He's served in a variety of roles in Cleveland, including briefly as an interim manager in 2012 after Manny Acta was fired. Alomar was reportedly a finalist for the Blue Jays' manager job when it went to John Farrell.
Oct 6 - 1:57 PM

According to the Mets, David Wright underwent a laminotomy procedure on his lower back Thursday.

This comes one month and one day after his surgery to repair his rotator cuff. Wright was quoted in the Mets' statement as saying the back surgery was in the hopes of reducing the chances of future problems and that he still has every intention of again playing for the Mets. Wright missed the entire 2017 season and was limited to 38 games in 2015 and 37 in 2016.
Oct 5 - 6:16 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that the Mets may first attempt to interview Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren and Astros bench coach Alex Cora for their vacant manager job.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson will begin interviewing candidates this week and ideally he'd be able to talk to Geren and Cora before they get too busy with their respective duties for the postseason. Puma reported over the weekend that hitting coach Kevin Long and former White Sox manager and Mets third baseman Robin Ventura "stand out as early front runners" for the job, but Joe McEwing and Chip Hale are among the other possible names under consideration.
Oct 3 - 9:55 AM

Dan Warthen won't return as Mets pitching coach in 2018.

Also of note, longtime Mets trainer Ray Ramirez is out after the team was plagued by injuries in 2017. Terry Collins has accepted the position of special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson. Warthen has been the team's pitching coach since 2008 and has earned the vocal praise of members of the pitching staff, but the front office wants a new voice for the role. Warthen has been offered another role in the organization. As the Mets search for a new manager, bench coach Dick Scott, first base coach Tom Goodwin, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones have been given permission to speak to other teams. However, coaches Kevin Long, Pat Roessler, and Glenn Sherlock will return in 2018.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Oct 3 - 9:42 AM

Mets' manager Terry Collins officially resigned following Sunday's game against the Phillies.

Collins will remain with the organization, taking a role in the club's front office. The Mets went 551-583 in his seven seasons at the helm, capturing the National League pennant in 2015. Robin Ventura and Kevin Long are the current front runners to replace him.
Oct 1 - 11:34 PM

Noah Syndergaard threw two scoreless innings in an 11-0 thumping to the Phillies on Sunday.

Syndergaard was slated to throw up to 25 pitches on Sunday, and ended up throwing 26. One pitch isn't a huge difference, but it sort of speaks to how things went wrong with the Mets in 2017. When Syndergaard was healthy, he once again looked like one of the best pitchers in baseball. Assuming good health in 2018, there's no reason to think that'll change next year.
Oct 1 - 6:37 PM

The Athletics' Ken Rosenthal reports that Mets manager Terry Collins will announce after Sunday's game that he's resigning and will take a front office role.

It's been one of the worst-kept secrets in baseball that Collins wouldn't be back in 2018, and it appears it will become official soon. The Mets went 551-582 in seven seasons under Collins, winning a National League pennant in 2015. Mike Puma of the New York Post reported over the weekend that former White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Mets hitting coach Kevin Long "stand out as early front runners" for the Mets' manager job.
Oct 1 - 3:54 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.

Like most managers, Terry Collins is using a bunch of backups Sunday. Phillip Evans is at third base in Cabrera's place.
Oct 1 - 1:08 PM

Asdrubal Cabrera finished 4-for-6 and hit a game-winning, three-run home run in the 11th inning Saturday to give the Mets a 7-4 win over the Phillies.

Cabrera hit an RBI double in the seventh inning and, with the game tied in the 11th, untied it with a big fly to left-center field. The homer was the 14th of the year for the 31-year-old. Cabrera followed up on a career year offensively with another strong showing, batting .280/.351/.434 and proving that 2016 wasn't a fluke. The Mets will almost certainly exercise their $8.25 million club option for 2018, even if only to deal him in the offseason.
Oct 1 - 1:16 AM

Seth Lugo allowed two runs on six hits over four innings in a no-decision Saturday against the Phillies.

Lugo struck out four without walking a batter in the contest. The right-hander finishes 2017 with a 7-5 record, 4.71 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 19 games, including 18 starts. With the Mets' starting pitching health eternally unclear, it remains to be seen what role Lugo might hold when 2018 rolls around.
Oct 1 - 1:06 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post writes that former White Sox manager Robin Ventura and Mets hitting coach Kevin Long "stand out as early front runners" for the Mets' manager job.

Puma adds the caveat that the search is expected to take "several weeks" and is "wide open," but it appears that Ventura and Long are early favorites. The White Sox went just 375-435 in five seasons under Ventura and didn't have a winning season after his first year, but Puma says that his "strong relationship" with owners Fred Wilpon and Jeff Wilpon is a benefit. Puma writes that general manager Sandy Alderson and Jeff Wilpon "are intrigued by the idea of promoting Long to manager, but Fred Wilpon may have to be sold on the idea."
Sep 30 - 7:51 PM


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