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Last night was the deadline for teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players. The Mets had eight such players: Lucas Duda, Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Jenrry Mejia, Ruben Tejada, Carlos Torres, and Josh Edgin. Each one was tendered a contract.
Mets bench coach Bob Geren has left the team to take the same job with the Dodgers. Geren also interviewed for their managerial opening before accepting the position. He spent four seasons as the Mets' bench coach, beginning in 2012.
The Mets could stay within the organization to fill Geren's vacated spot, with Tim Teufel a possibility. If that happens, Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez could move up to the major league staff.
Around the NL East
The Marlins and Mariners have reportedly discussed a deal involving outfielder Marcell Ozuna. However, the Marlins are said to want top starting pitching, which could work against their ability to get a deal done.
The Braves signed free-agent infielder Gordon Beckham to a one-year deal worth $1.25 million, with an additional $500,000 in incentives. It was also reported that the Braves were not likely to tender Mike Minor a contract.
The Mariners signed reliever Justin De Fratus to a one-year deal worth $750,000. De Fratus spent 2015 with the Phillies, where he pitched to a 5.51 ERA over 80 innings.
The Padres hired Mark McGwire as their new bench coach. He had served as the Dodgers' hitting coach for the past three seasons.
Some notable players who were not tendered contracts before last night's deadline include pitcher Henderson Alvarez, Steve Cishek, Al Alburquerque, and Neftali Feliz.
Yesterday at AA
We unveiled The Piazza for best starting pitcher. Jacob deGrom was the unanimous winner, with Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard coming in second and third respectively.
This Date in Mets History
In 1974, the Mets traded Tug McGraw and two others to the Phillies. In return, they received pitcher Mac Scarce, catcher John Stearns, and outfielder Del Unser.