Meet the Mets
The Mets have extended qualifying offers to both Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard. While Conforto is coming off a down year, he is expected to reject the QO in favor of free agency. Syndergaard, on the other hand, has called the QO “something that I’m hoping for” and lost almost all of his 2021 season to Tommy John surgery and subsequent setbacks, is more likely to accept. Both players have until November 17 to make their decision.
A year has passed since Steve Cohen’s first press conference as the Mets’ new owner and the team has been trying (and mostly failing) to build a front office ever since. Joel Sherman of the Post weighs in on the yearlong search, which he calls a “parody of itself,” and gets input from MLB executives.
Steve Somers has announced that he is leaving WFAN.
Around the National League East
The Braves made a flurry of roster moves yesterday, the most notable of which was declining Josh Tomlin’s 2022 club option. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Mike Soroka were also activated from the 60-day injured list as a procedural move, with room being made for them on the 40-man roster.
Nationals prospects have been performing well in the Arizona Fall League.
The Philles outrighted Odubel Herrera, Andrew Knapp, Ronald Torreyes, Ramon Rosso, J.D. Hammer, and Travis Jankowski from their 40-man roster. All six players cleared outright waivers and elected free agency.
In a new episode of Fish Stripes Unfiltered, the folks over at Fish Stripes took a look at free agent bats the Marlins could pursue to replace Adam Duvall.
Around Major League Baseball
Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of activity around baseball yesterday, with teams picking up or declining options on players, as well as extending or not extending qualifying offers. The White Sox have picked up Craig Kimbrel’s $16 million option.
The Rockies extended a qualifying offer to Trevor Story, as expected.
The Blue Jays made a multiyear offer to former Met Steven Matz, according to reporting from Jon Heyman. He rejected the offer and the Jays did not extend him a qualifying offer and so Matz will test free agency.
Skip Schumaker will be the Cardinals’ new bench coach.
Yesterday at Amazin’ Avenue
We continued our season review series as Dave Capobianco took a look back at Billy McKinney’s time as a Met in 2021.
This Date in Mets History
Happy birthday to 2000 Met Glendon Rusch!