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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.

Mostly Mets, pres. by Caesars AC: Season review with Mostly alum Ted Berg

Toby Hyde and Robert Brender are joined by an original Mostly Met, Ted Berg of USA Today, to recap the Mets season that was, and hand out team awards for 2014.

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For the show rundown, click here...

  • 2014 Season
    • Opening Thoughts
  • 2014 Awards (6:40)
    • MVP, Best Pitcher, Most Improved, Best Hair, Game of the Year, Under Performer, Over Performer, Expected Performer
  • One Good Thing, One Bad Thing (41:20)
    • Good: Dilson Herrera, Trust in Sandy Alderson, Jacob deGrom
    • Bad: Curtis Granderson, No Playoffs, David Wright and Age

Mets hitters performed similarly under Hudgens and Johnson

Sept. 30, 3:01 pm: The Mets offense performed more or less the same under former hitting coach Dave Hudgens as it did under current hitting coach Lamar Johnson, according to ESPN Stats & Information (Rubin, Sept. 30).

Hudgens Stat Johnson
.237 AVG .238
.309 OBP .308
.352 SLG .370
3.90 Runs / Game 3.88
22.0% K Rate 19.9%

Johnson, who had been the organization’s minor-league hitting coordinator, became the big-league teams hitting coach when Alderson fired Dave Hudgens in late May.

The Mets are expected to soon announce that Johnson will be reassigned within the organization (Martino, Sept. 28).

Sandy Alderson said Sunday he will wait a few days before announcing any final decisions about the team’s 2015 coaching staff.

miniMCavatarSept. 24, 2014: The players were starting to tune out Hudgens, I was told at the time, not because they didn’t agree with what he was saying, but because he may have been inundating them with too much information. He talked swing velocity, heat maps, pitch percentages and so on. This stuff is helpful, but it can become overkill for players who really don’t consider much beyond their own instinct. For instance, when Travis d’Arnaud returned from Triple-A looking like a different, more successful hitter, he told reporters that his struggles were all mental >> Read more.