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Marc Carig has covered Major League Baseball since 2008, starting with the Baltimore Orioles ('08), the New York Yankees ('09-'12) and now the New York Mets for Newsday. In related news, he Tweets way too much.
It’s a move that could pass for the handiwork of a reality television producer. Yet, the Mets have weighed having Wally Backman and Terry Collins share the same dugout next season, a situation rife with the potential for awkwardness.
Still synonymous with the Mets’ glory years in the mid-1980s, Backman’s name has long been popular among fans clamoring for an end to Collins’ managerial tenure.
Backman’s...Read more »
The Mets will dispatch three scouts to a showcase for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas, according to sources. The event is scheduled for Sunday in the Dominican Republic.
Tomas, 23, is a corner outfielder who has developed a reputation for powerful swing at the plate and a strong arm in the field. Playing this season in Cuba, he hit .290/.346/.450 with six homers in 257 plate appearances.
However,...Read more »
CINCINNATI -- We’ll have a few more details in a bit, but here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming next for Matt Harvey, who is about to wrap up his rehab from Tommy John surgery.
-- According to pitching coach Dan Warthen, Mets officials are expected to meet early next week with Harvey in New York about when he will end his rehab schedule and begin his transition into a typical offseason routine....Read more »
MIAMI -- Mets hitting coach Lamar Johnson prefers to leave his players’ swings alone. That’s especially true in the middle of the season, when large-scale adjustments can be difficult to make.
The offseason, however, is a different matter. And that's particularly relevant to struggling Mets slugger Curtis Granderson, who Johnson said may be due for some offseason changes that go beyond just...Read more »
MIAMI -- This week, I asked Mets centerfielder Juan Lagares about his favorite defensive plays of the season. At first, he sounded like a parent who was put on the spot, asked to choose between children.
“Every time I do something good, I like them all,” Lagares said.
This season, he’s done a lot of good. By one advanced metric, Lagares has 30 defensive runs saved, the most of any centerfielder...Read more »
MIAMI -- Terry Collins managed Craig Biggio for three seasons with the Astros from 1994 to 1996. In that time, Collins figured it would only be a matter of time until his All-Star second baseman would become a big league skipper.
“I always told him, ‘one of these days you’ll be managing in the big leagues,’” Collins told Newsday. “And I hope you’ll get one of these guys like you on your team.”
Perhaps,...Read more »
MIAMI -- The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start with the big league club before the season is finished.
“We’re probably going to get him another start here,” manager Terry Collins said on Monday, when he mentioned the possibility of a six-man starting rotation.
Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast playoffs....Read more »
After leading the Las Vegas 51s to the postseason, no other teams last winter sought permission from the Mets to speak with Triple-A manager Wally Backman. Though he had informal conversations about staff openings elsewhere, a source said that Backman was never involved in any formal interview process, a somewhat surprising assertion in light of his successful season.
Perhaps, Backman’s...Read more »
The Mets have little to no interest in trading catcher Travis d’Arnaud, a source told Newsday Friday afternoon, nor do they envision moving him to leftfield to protect him from suffering more concussions.
Manager Terry Collins told the Daily News that the idea had been discussed informally though it was not a likely scenario.
According to a source, Collins and his staff had talked of...Read more »
It was around this time a year ago when the Pirates put in a waiver claim for outfielder Marlon Byrd. Prompted by that interest, general manager Sandy Alderson sent word through the organization, in search of standouts in the Pirates’ system.
The name that quickly landed on the Mets’ radar? Dilson Herrera.
From one scout, Shaun McNamara, came a positive report. From Low-A Savannah manager...Read more »