Meet the Mets
News continues to trickle out about the Mets’ search for Carlos Beltran’s coaching staff, as the team reportedly interviewed Gil Patterson—who has served as a coach in the Athletics and Yankees organizations—for the pitching coach job.
The team has also met with veteran coach Joey Cora multiple times about the bench coach position.
Pete Alonso and some of the other 2019 Met rookies discussed what they learned in their first major league season (paywall alert).
The Drew Gagnon era is officially over, as the Mets have released the righty relief pitcher.
Around the National League East
Might the Marlins take a look at the recently DFA’d Greg Bird?
Around Major League Baseball
Rob Manfred pushed back against recent reports about his comments regarding the negotiations for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The investigation into the Astros sign-stealing allegations continues, as the league is reportedly interviewing players associated with the investigation about their knowledge of the tactics the Astros supposedly utilized.
After releasing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are now trying to recoup the $21 million they owe to him in 2020 (along with the $5 million buyout for 2021) by charging that Ellsbury received medical treatment at a non-approved location, thereby violating the terms of their contract.
In happier Yankees news: the club has hired Rachel Balkovec as a minor league hitting coach, making her the first woman to be hired for that role in a full-time capacity by any major league team.
The Mariners joined the Sox in spending money yesterday, as they inked first base prospect Evan Smith to a six-year, $24 million contract with three club options.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
After another successful year of AAOPs from our wonderful community, it’s time for the writers to get in on the action. Check out the offseason plans put forth by Lukas Vlahos, David Capobianco, and Brian Salvatore.
This Date in Mets History
Future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn was acquired from the Milwaukee Braves on this date in 1964. The then-43-year-old lefty pitcher spent part of the 1965 season serving as both a starter and the team’s pitching coach before being released in July.