(Chris Soto: There was a little scuttlebutt that the Mets could potentially non-tender Ruben Tejada and let Matt Reynolds play the role of back-up SS, but, with as defensively challenged as Wilmer Flores is at SS, the club needed a true SS on the roster. I am a bit surprised that Torres was tendered a contract after his dismal 2015 season, but, at only $800k, no one is really going to complain. The Mets do have a long history of avoiding arbitration hearings so I do expect most of the players here to agree to a set 1 yr deal for the 2016. However, I can certainly see a multi year, lower $ per yr deal for Addison Reed since $5.7M is quite a chunk of change for a borderline 8th inning RP.)
Maria Guardado | NJ Advance Media- Mets bench coach Bob Geren interviewed for the Dodgers' managerial vacancy in November, but Dave Roberts was ultimately selected to be Los Angeles' new skipper. But now the Dodgers have hired Geren away from the Mets to be Roberts' new bench coach. Geren spent the last four seasons in Queens working as manager Terry Collins' right-hand man in the dugout and was invited back to the Mets next season. He also served as a catching coach to the Mets' backstops, including Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.
(Chris Soto: This is secretly going to be a decent size loss for the Mets. Geren has a strong understanding of advanced analytics from his Oakland Athletics coaching days from 2007-2011 which was heavily leveraged during games. This was especially evident in the way d'Arnaud and Plawecki called games; attacking hitters in certain spots of the strike zone and heavily leaning on certain pitches during certain situations. This will surely fire back up the whole "Bring Backman to Queens" movement, however, it is far more likely that the Mets will find another analytics based guy in their organization. So far the leading speculation points to Binghamton Mets manager Pedro Lopez being called up to possibly take over the 3B coach role with the excellent Tim Teufel moving to bench coach.)
HOT STOVE REPORT (courtesy of mlbtraderumor.com)
- The deadline to tender arbitration eligible players a contract was 11:59 PM EST yesterday. Here are some notable guys who were released and are now Free Agents.
- RP: Neftali Feliz, Yusmeiro Petit, Al Alburquerque, Steve Cishek, Greg Holland, Craig Stammen
- SP: Henderson Alvarez
- 1B: Chris Carter, Pedro Alvarez
- 3B: Will Middlebrooks