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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Mets News and Notes: Peralta, Slater, Dom Smith, Bolstering The Bullpen, Minor League Pitching Coaches, Reyes

Mets News and Notes: Peralta, Slater, Dom Smith, Bolstering The Bullpen, Minor League Pitching Coaches, Reyes

Peralta In NY? 
The Mets consider free agent RHP Wily Peralta as a versatile option for their pitching staff, reports Mike Puma of the New York Post.

The Mets see him as a "potential swingman," according to Puma.

The 28-year-old appeared in in 19 games for the Brewers last season, including eight starts, and went 5-4 with a 7.85 ERA. Peralta pitched his games in relief last season for the first time since his rookie season in 2012. Across six seasons, he is 47-52 with a 4.48 ERA.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Monday highlighted the role of the bullpen, noting that it is "becoming more important."

Slater Assistant Hitting Coach
The Mets have hired Tom Slater to serve as the team's assistant hitting coach, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Slater comes from years of minor league managing and coaching experience in the Yankees' organization.

The Mets appear to have filled their coaching vacancies ahead of the 2018 season. The staff includes several new names under new manager Mickey Callaway.

According to reports, Gary Disarcina will be the bench coach, Dave Eiland will be pitching coach, Ricky Bones will be the bullpen coach, Pat Roessler will be the hitting coach, Ruben Amaro, Jr. will be the first base coach, and Glenn Sherlock will be the third base coach.

Smith Not Secure At 1B
Mets GM Sandy Alderson on Monday indicated that 1B Dominic Smith has not yet secured a starting job on the team for the 2018 season.

"He didn't win it in September, let's put it that way," Alderson said, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Alderson also said Smith would need to put a stronger emphasis on fitness.

"Dominic's going to have to be careful about his conditioning, certainly in the next few years if not throughout his career," he said, according to Marc Carig of Newsday.

In a post here Wednesday afternoon, I wrote that the Mets prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith are only penciled in as the team's starting shortstop and first baseman next season.

"Their names are not in ink," I stated.

Later in the day, the NY Post's Mike Puma wrote something similar...

"The Mets will head to spring training with Smith penciled in as the first baseman," he explained. This is why Puma believes the Mets will seek "somebody who could belong to a first-base mix," such as free agents Jay Bruce, Logan Morrison, or Adam Lind.

Former Mets GM Jim Duquette was thinking along the same lines when he wrote for MLB.com that he expects the Mets to be interested in more or less every available free agent first baseman, ranging from Morrison and Lind to Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana.

Bolstering The Bullpen
At the GM meetings on Monday, Mets GM Sandy Alderson stressed the importance of bolstering the team's bullpen.

"Any way you cut it, the bullpen is becoming more important," Alderson said, reports Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Newsday's Marc Carig revealed last week that Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom may be the only starting pitchers the Mets allow to face an opposing team the third time through the lineup each game.

This means the Mets will need more bullpen arms capable of giving more than one inning to eat the rest of the game after the first 18 at-bats.

Carig also said that the Mets will be focusing on pitching this offseason and are intent on making eight arms in the bullpen the norm for 2018.

Last week, team sources told the NY Post's Mike Puma that Sandy Alderson's top priority this winter will be to acquire an established reliever to complement Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins.

Viola and Abbott Switch Places
Mets' Double-A pitching coach Glen Abbott and Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola will swap places in 2018, reports Marc Carig of Newsday.

Abbott's move to the Triple-A level comes after a six-year stint as the pitching coach for double-A Binghamton.

Viola had been the Triple-A pitching coach since 2014. In October the Mets fired Triple-A hitting coach Jack Voigt.

Reyes Reunion?
"The Mets are open to bringing back free-agent infielder Jose Reyes, but they're also examining other possibilities," the NY Post's Mike Puma tweeted Monday afternoon.

Reyes, who is currently a free agent, told the Mets in September that he hoped to return in 2018.

"I want to be here," he told reporters after the team's final game of the season. "We'll see what happens. It's going to be an interesting offseason."

Reyes re-joined the Mets in the middle of 2016, after which he hit.267 with a .326 OBP and .443 slugging in 60 games to help the team get to the postseason for the second consecutive season. However, he struggled most of 2017 and missed time due to injury...

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