We need Castillo. But I’d only trade Vientos and McNeil if there’s a guarantee that we sign Kris Bryant afterwards.
Bench coach was the last major hole remaining on the Mets’ coaching staff, and now they’ve got someone on the case.
The team is expected to hire Glenn Sherlock — who was a former minor league catcher and Mets’ coach under Terry Collins and Mickey Callaway — to be Buck Showalter’s top confidant in the dugout. Sherlock was also a coach in the Yankees’ and Diamondbacks’ organizations while Showalter was managing there.
This lockout is really working wonders on what makes news nowadays as all this coaching news of late has gotten way too much attention.
Analytics comes up way too much in this press conference. Like Showalter didn’t know what he was doing before analytics arrived? Just let the guy manage the team how wants to manage them and let his win-loss record determine if he wins or fails. I mean if the baseball nerds who love analytics so much knew what they were doing, then why haven’t we had a repeat champion since the 2000 Yankees?
The New York Mets have hired Buck Showalter as their new manager, team owner Steven Cohen announced Saturday on Twitter.
Showalter, 65, takes over for Luis Rojas, who was fired after a season in which the team held on to first place for 103 days but ultimately finished 77-85 and missed the playoffs.
Great hire! Showalter is experienced, has a great work ethic and is always prepared. In other words, we’ll never lose a game because we were out-managed.
The Mets have whittled their list of manager candidates down to three, inviting Buck Showalter, Joe Espada and Matt Quatraro for second-round interviews, a source told MLB.com on Sunday. The Mets did not confirm the list as they are not commenting on the ongoing process.
Team owner Steve Cohen, who sat out the first round of interviews, is expected to take part in the callbacks.
It’s so typical of the Mets to be taking this long to hire a manager. Now they’re down to 3 finalists? Who cares! Just hire Showalter already. He’s the obvious pick, with experience, success, fans love him and having already done it, we know that he can handle managing in NY. All the various pundits that matter have already endorsed Showalter and nobody even knows (or cares) who Joe Espada or Matt Quatraro are. Hire Buck and if Curtis Granderson is really interested in being a manager one day, then make Curtis Buck’s bench coach. It’s not complicated. Just get it done already.
Scherzer is arguably the best pitcher in the game. But $40M per year for 3 years when you could’ve gotten Stroman and Baez for around the same just seems ludicrous to me. And what about the rest of our rotation? There’s no guarantee that DeGrom will be 100% ready by the start of the season. Walker is a lock to start, but he had an awful 2nd half of 2021. I like Tylor Megill a lot, but how much can he give you over a full season? I’d definitely bring Rich Hill back to be a 5th starter. That said, I’d call Zack Greinke’s agent and see how much he wants.
Getting spurned by Steven Matz didn’t deter the New York Mets from diving back into the free agent pool face-first. The Mets pulled off a Black Friday heist, picking up Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar and Starling Marte on Friday.
Marte is the biggest prize of that trio. The 33-year-old agreed to a four-year, $78 million deal with the team, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
Marte — considered one of the best outfielders on the market — hit .310/.383/.458, with 12 home runs last season. He added 47 stolen bases, and was caught just five times. The right-handed Marte hasn’t traditionally been the most patient player at the plate, with a career walk rate of just 5.3%, but that ticked up to 8.2% in 2021.
This move definitely strengthens the outfield. But the biggest concern for the new GM should be the starting pitching staff. BTW, we’re still lacking a manager too.
Aaron Loup has decided to celebrate one of the best seasons by a reliever in Mets history by going to Disneyland.
The lefty reliever Monday reached agreement with the Angels on a two-year contract, the club announced. An industry source confirmed it’s a two-year deal worth $17 million with a team option for 2024.
Loup, 33, pitched to a 0.95 ERA in 65 appearances for the Mets last season. It was the lowest ERA in the major leagues by a pitcher who logged at least 50 innings last season. The Mets had signed Loup to a one-year deal worth $3 million last winter after they had missed on lefty Brad Hand. The veteran Hand was claimed off waivers by the Mets in August.
Yeah, $17M for two years is a lot to pay for a reliever. But Loup literally had a historic year in 2021 and allowed just 1 HR all season. In other words, not signing him sounds like something the Wilpons would do and I’m almost certain that we will regret it.
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.
Syndergaard, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Mets, making one All-Star team and displaying perhaps the nastiest array of pitches for a starter in the major leagues. Having pitched only two innings since 2019 because of Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard will join an Angels rotation that was among the worst in the big leagues last season.
Hey, the Mets get a draft pick from the Angels and avoid paying a $18M to a guy who’s pitched all of 2 innings for the last two years. Syndergaard was a fan favorite and we’ll miss his tweets and tenacity on the mound, but I’d much rather the Mets sign Marcus Stroman to a 5-year deal and take a flyer out on Justin Verlander for 1 year to improve their starting pitching.
Cano is 39yo and has been busted for PED’s twice now. He also has two years and $48 million remaining on his contract after sitting out 2021. However, with Cano’s old legs and the National League likely bringing on the DH in 2022, I say keep him as your full-time DH as well as a mentor to the younger players (yunno, after he apologizes to the team/organization/fans for missing last season). Better than that having a backup 2nd baseman making $20M on the bench.
Signed to a one-year deal, Aaron Loup (6-0, 0.95 ERA, 1 HR allowed) had a phenomenal 2021. And now, GM or no GM, the Mets need to resign him. He’s already gone on record stating that he loves being in New York and wants to stay a Met, so this shouldn’t be complicated: give the guy a 2 or 3-year deal already, before God forbid the Phillies or someone else in the NL East grabs him up.