The Mets announced a major shakeup in their coaching staff today, three days after declining to pick up Luis Rojas’ option.
The team has informed a majority of their staff that they are free to seek jobs elsewhere. This includes Jeremy Accardo, Ricky Bones, Gary DiSarcina, Dave Jauss, Brian Schneider, and Tony Tarasco. Hugh Quattlebaum and Kevin Howard, both of whom joined the club after Chili Davis and Tom Slater were dismissed, will not return to the big league club, but they are in discussions to remain in other roles within the organization. Meanwhile, Jeremy Hefner could return as pitching coach, although that is still to be determined.
The news does not come as a surprise, especially following the announcement that Rojas would not return as manager. This figured to be a winter of big changes for the franchise following a disappointing 77-85 season, and that appears to be the case early on. The club is actively seeking a President of Baseball Operations, and that individual will likely play a large role in shaping the rest of the club, from the front office straight on down through the coaching staff.