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J.P. Ricciardi is working out an extension with the Mets

J.P. Ricciardi is working out an extension with the Mets to remain in Sandy Alderson’s front office (Cafardo, Oct. 20).

Ricciardi has one year remaining on his current three-year deal.

He has served as a Special Assistant to Alderson since November 2010.

In late September, the Mets and Alderson agreed to a three-year contract extension that will keep him as General Manager through 2017.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: This is good news. I think it’s obvious that, when Alderson retires, assuming everything is going well and the Mets are winning, Ricciardi or Paul DePodesta will take over as GM. It’s funny, the Mets get knocked for not spending enough, but they certainly have the most expensive front office, which has to be worth something, right?

Anyway, JP was GM of the Blue Jays for most of last decade. He helped rebuild that franchise and farm system to get it to where it is today, and he’s done a terrific job injecting young talent from other teams to the Mets, all while DePodesta handles player development, the farm, amateur scouting and the draft.

The way I understand it, Ricciardi is tasked by Alderson to find diamonds in the rough, whether they come from other team’s major or minor league rosters. In the time these guys have been at the helm, Ricciardi and Alderson have worked to bring in Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard and Travis d’Arnaud, among others. However, they are lacking when it comes to injecting immediate big-league talent, which is what Billy Beane does so well for the A’s. For instance, for every Brandon Moss and Josh Donaldson in Oakland, we’re asked to root for Brad Eamus, Chris YoungColin Cowgill and Chin-Lung Hu. 

The minor-league acquisitions are beginning to have an impact at the major-league level, which is awesome and should not be ignored. I expect a playoff team in 2015. To do that, the Mets are going to need to also add players who can help now…not five years from now.

Today in MetsBlog 2006: The Day After Game 6

The following post was published by Matthew Cerrone to on October 19, 2006, the morning after the Mets defeated the Cardinals to push a Game 7 in the NLCS:

The Mets lost to the Cardinals the next night (eight years ago today), after which St. Louis went on to win the World Series against the Tigers.

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: I know we were all on Cloud Nine by the following summer (when the Mets were the best team in the NL and in first by a dozen games). However, in hindsight, looking back, it seems like it was all downhill from that Game Six. From there, it’s like it went from Endy’s catch to collapses to injuries to Maddoff in the matter of a few minutes, yet it’s actually been eight years. I get a headache just thinking about, frankly.

That said, I will never forget how it felt leaving Shea Stadium that night. I had never heard a louder Jose, Jose, Jose chant, which you could still hear rattling through the building while walking through the parking lot. It was so impactful, Cliff Floyd actually wrote about it on the blog he was keeping that year for The memory is tainted a bit by what happened eight years ago tonight, and by what ultimately happened the following season, but (as far as baseball games go, and experiences at that ballpark) it was a great night that I’ll never forget.[/sny-editorial]

To see what the Mets-Tigers World Series program would have looked like in 2006, check out this post from Mets Police.

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8 posts you may have missed this week on MetsBlog

1) The Mets are interested in Dave Magadan as a hitting coach, here’s everything you need to know about him >> Read More.

2) MetsBlog’s Matthew Cerrone took a stab at what he expects to be Sandy Alderson’s off-season plan this winter, which happens to look a lot like last winter’s plan >> Read More.

3) Frank Viola told us what to expect from Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and other pitching prospects in the organization >> Read More.

4) Team MetsBlog debated whether or not the Mets should pursue free-agent OF Nick Markakis >> Read More.

5) They later discussed whether the Mets and Cardinals can hook up on trade for an outfielder >> Read More.

6) Cerrone explained why he would choose Matt den Dekker over Eric Young Jr, who is arbitration eligible this winter and likely to earn $2.5 million in 2015 >> Read More.

7) MetsBlog’s Ben Berkon believes the Mets are set up perfectly to use a closer-by-committee >> Read More.

8) In this week’s MetsBlog Q&ACast, pres. by Verizon, Matthew Cerrone airs voicemails from listeners talking about why they agree or disagree with current Right-Track, Wrong-Track Poll, after which he answers questions about Jeff Wilpon’s role with the Mets, acquiring an outfielder or a shortstop, Wally Backman’s future, and where is John Stearns:


Astros hire former-Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens

The Astros have hired Dave Hudgens to be their hitting coach (McTaggert, Oct. 18).

The Mets fired Hudgens in May. Lamar Johnson was named interim coach as his replacement, but dismissed at the end of the season and offered a different job in the organization.

According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Mets offense performed more or less the same under Hudgens as it did under current Johnson (MetsBlog, Sept. 30).

The Mets and Yankees have contacted Dave Magadan about their vacancy at hitting coach, he recently told the New York Post.1 Magadan was scheduled to meet with Yankees GM Brian Cashman last week in New York to discuss the job.2

The Mets are also among teams to talk by phone with and show interest in hiring Kevin Long, who the Yankees fired as their hitting coach at the end of the season, according to a league source.2

Sources: 1 King & Sherman, Oct. 14 | 2 Ehalt, Oct. 10

Friday’s Arizona Fall League recap…

Outfielder Brandon Nimmo had another nice night at the plate, driving in fellow Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli with a single in the 3rd inning, reaching on a hit-by-pitch in the 1st and a walk in the 9th.

The Wyoming native has a hit in six of his seven AFL starts and is batting .333.

Read more at SNY’s Mets Minors…

The Jets and Mets are starting to sound the same — take the quiz to see who said it…

This date in 1999: Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single

miniMCavatarMatthew Cerrone: This is one of the best videos ever produced by my friends at SNY.TV…

In it, they walk through Robin Ventura’s Grand Slam Single through the eyes of people who were in attendance that night at Shea Stadium, including soundbites from myself, Jason Fry, Ted Berg, Bobby Valentine and Jim Duquette:

What a night! It is easily my favorite Shea Stadium moment. I was too young to be there in 1986. And, for all the fun of 2000 and 2006, those 15 innings in 1999, with the rain, chess match and rivalry with the Braves, it all made it an unbelievable experience. I think this video captures that, and proves I am not the only person who feels this way… Enjoy.