The High Five counts down the best Mets’ defensive plays from the month of September…
The Mets will bring back the camouflage jersey in 2015, as well as make another minor uniform change (SportsLogos, Oct. 1).
Matthew Cerrone: Very interesting… Any guesses? “Minor,” he says, so I doubt it’s them bringing back the all black, or adding in a totally new concept, like going all orange (again inspired by the Los Mets jersey). Re-adding the drop shadow would be ‘minor,’ but also a terrible idea, given the backlash a few years ago. My vote is for bringing back the 80s racing stripes, though I always seem to be in the minority on that.
Of course, another a minor adjustment to the uniform would be to put guys in them who can hit slightly better than what they’ve had the last few years, but I guess that’s a topic for another post…
Jenrry Mejia, who pitched much of the second half with a sports hernia, will undergo surgery for the injury on Thursday in Philadelphia.
Mejia is expected to be ready for action well in advance of spring training.
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Travis d’Arnaud underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The recovery is not expected to impact his readiness for spring training.
Aside from the expected replacement/reassignment of hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera, the Mets are expected to make another change to the big league coaching staff >> Read more at MetsBlog
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Mets C Travis d’Arnaud had surgery on Wednesday to remove bone spurs from his elbow (Carig, Oct. 1).
The injury is not believed to be significant enough that it will impact his 2015 season (Rubin, Sept. 26).
D’Arnaud dealt with a right wrist issue and a concussion this season, as well as various leg injuries in 2013.
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).
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).
Matthew 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.