Meet the Mets
The Mets have relieved Tim Teufel of his third base coaching duties. Glenn Sherlock, a former coach within the Diamondbacks organization, will take over as third base coach and catching coach.
The Mets released their 2017 spring training schedule, beginning with a February 24 exhibition game against the Red Sox.
Frank Viola, a coach within the Mets’ minor league system since 2011, is being considered for the Orioles’ pitching coach position.
Skyler Kanfer of BP Mets took an in-depth look at the Binghamton Mets (soon to be Rumble Ponies).
Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Abreu were named as witnesses in a human trafficking case against sports agents Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada. Estrada and Hernandez are accused of smuggling Cuban athletes into the United States.
Around the NL East
While the likelihood of a deal is unknown, the Nationals are said to have interest in White Sox ace Chris Sale.
While the Marlins want to upgrade their bullpen, the team is hesitant to part with a draft pick to sign Kenley Jansen.
A former “Double-A folk legend,” Darin Ruf’s time with the Phillies came to an abrupt end with last week’s Howie Kendrick trade.
Around Major League Baseball
Dave Cameron of FanGraphs ranked this free agent class’s riskiest contracts. Craig Edwards listed the drawbacks of a Justin Turner signing, citing the infielder’s “unusual career and lower amount of playing time.”
Japanese right-handed pitcher and DH Shohei Otani is unlikely to sign with an MLB team until after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old Otani is heralded as a top international prospect due to his prowess as a two-way player.
The Phillies released left-handed pitcher Matt Harrison, eating at least half of Harrison’s owed $15.2 million. A former All-Star with the Texas Rangers, Harrison never threw a pitch in a Phillies uniform due to a chronic back injury.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
Matt Varvaro took a look at awards the Mets should have won over the years.
Steve Schreiber previewed the Mets’ third base options for 2017.
This Date in Mets History
On this date in 1961, the Mets unveiled their franchise logo, designed by cartoonist Ray Gatto.
Happy birthday to Leon Brown, Harry Chiti, Mark Corey, Don Hahn, Juan Centeno, and Dwight “Doc” Gooden!