More than just hitting coach could change on 2015 staff

In regards to next year’s coaching staff, the Mets may look to change more than just their hitting coach, “although it’s not major changes overall,” team reporter Adam Rubin said on Twitter (ESPN, Oct. 1).

Sandy Alderson said this past Sunday that he will wait a few days before announcing any final decisions.

However, a team insider said to expect limited tweaks (Rubin, Sept. 29).

For instance, the team’s current hitting coach, Lamar Johnson, as well as Luis Natera, the assistant hitting coach, are expected to be reassigned within the organization (Martino, Sept. 28).

It was once reported that the team had been considering replacing Johnson with third base coach Tim Teufel, raising speculation that Wally Backman might replace Teufel as third base coach on the big-league staff. However, Alderson told reporters earlier this week that Teufel would not be taking over for Johnson, meaning hitting coach might be the only vacancy on the staff.

It was later reported that Backman is expected to remain the Triple-A Las Vegas manager (Rubin, Sept. 29).

Bob Geren is also expected to return in his current position as bench coach in 2015 (Martino, Sept. 28), as is pitching coach Dan Warthen (Puma, Sept. 22).

Bobby Abreu is considered a candidate to replace Johnson as hitting coach, as is Edgardo Alfonzo, who is very interested in the job (Puma, Sept. 29). Savannah hitting coach Valentino Pascucci, Las Vegas hitting coach George Greer, and roving instructor Jack Voigt were suggested as possible candidates by Rubin (ESPN, Sept. 24).

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It’s not a very exciting list of free agents this winter

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: It’s early, and there is still so much we don’t know about the free-agent market and landscape for trades, so it makes it difficult to say what the Mets should or shouldn’t do this winter… However, in the event you’re hoping they fill their off-season holes with meaningful free-agent signings, hope again. It’s not the most exciting list.

For instance, in terms of shortstops, you’re looking at Asdrubal Cabrera, Stephen Drew, J.J. Hardy, Jed Lowrie and Hanley Ramirez among others, and it’s worth noting the Yankees will likely be looking to sign one of these men to replace Derek Jeter.

In the outfield, Norichika Aoki, Melky Cabrera, Josh Willingham, Nelson Cruz, Michael Cuddyer, Jonny Gomes, Torii Hunter, Alex Rios, Mike Morse and probably Nick Markakis.

The goods news, though, is that there are a lot of decent players, which may help drive down asking prices.

In the end, I still think Michael Cuddyer makes the most sense for the Mets, since he can spell Lucas Duda against left-handed pitching and he can play right field, which would allow Terry Collins to move Curtis Granderson to left. Plus, Cuddyer is good friends with David Wright, which can’t hurt his case to join the team.

To see the full list of potential free agents, see this list on Baseball Prospectus.

What’s on Tap for Wednesday, Oct. 1

Travis d’Arnaud, who missed the final week of the season due to a bone spur in his right elbow, will undergo surgery for the injury on Wednesday.

D’Arnaud has no ligament damage in the elbow, and is expected to be ready well in advance of spring training.

In case you missed it…

Jacob deGrom, who posted a 1.67 ERA in four September starts, was named the National League Rookie of the Month. The Rookie of the Year award will be handed out in early-November.

Jon Niese, who exited his last start due to a rapid heartbeat, will not see doctors for the issue since it has calmed down.

According to rival executives, Niese is the best trade chip the Mets have >> Read more at MetsBlog

The Mets offense fared just about the same under former hitting coach Dave Hudgens and current hitting coach Lamar Johnson, who is expected to be replaced in the coming days.

Matthew Cerrone doesn’t expect the Mets to bid $100 million or more for Cuban free agent Yasmany Tomas >> Read more at MetsBlog

Although the idea was briefly broached, Daniel Murphy is not expected to move to left field in 2015.

Ted Berg of USA Today joined Toby Hyde and Robert Brender to recap the Mets season on the Mostly Mets Podcast >> Listen here

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DeGrom named NL Rookie of the Month for September

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom was named National League Rookie of the Month for September.

The 26-year-old deGrom went 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in 27 innings pitched spanning four starts in September, while striking out 38 and walking six.

During his start on September 15, deGrom tied the major league record when he struck out the first eight batters he faced.

DeGrom is the favorite to win the National League Rookie of the Year award, which will be announced in early-November.