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New York Mets Have Considered Daniel Murphy in Left Field Again

September 30th, 2014 at 12:59 PM
By Mike Phillips

The status of Daniel Murphy is a key story to watch for the New York Mets this winter. Murphy is coming off an All Star season and was one of the most productive players on the team for a second straight year. Murphy is, however, due a big raise in arbitration and eligible for free agency after next season. With the Mets unsure of how they want to proceed with their All Star second baseman, all options appear to be open.

The Mets will certainly listen to trade offers for Murphy, but another idea has surfaced that hasn't made Murph happy. Mike Puma of the New York Post is reporting that the Mets approached Murphy about playing left field again next season. Murphy reportedly balked at the idea, leading Puma to speculate that the idea is likely off the table. When asked about switching positions on Sunday, Murphy denied that he had been asked to switch spots, Mike Vorkunov of NJ.com reports. Murphy, however, indicated that in baseball you do what you're told because it's easier that way.

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Mets 101 Met of the Month, September 2014: Jacob DeGrom

September 30th, 2014 at 12:46 PM
By Mike Phillips

The New York Mets finished their season strong, going 15-10 in September to finish in a tie for second place in the National League East. While a lot of players had strong performances to help the cause, only one man can be named as the final Met of the Month for 2014. That honor will go to starting pitcher Jacob deGrom, who used a strong final month to make himself the favorite for the National League's Rookie of the Year Award.

deGrom dazzled big league hitters again in September, going 2-0 with a 1.67 ERA in four September starts. deGrom pitched well enough to win in each game, allowing more than one earned run only once in four starts. deGrom also continued to pile up the K's, striking out 38 batters in only 27 innings pitched. deGrom was shut down with one start to go due to innings limits, but he didn't need that start to earn this final Met of the Month honor in 2014.

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New York Mets Expected to Change Hitting Coach Next Season

September 29th, 2014 at 8:21 PM
By Mike Phillips

After firing Dave Hudgens back in May, the New York Mets named Lamar Johnson their interim hitting coach. Johnson, who has worked in the organization for years, did a good job helping the Mets' young hitters improve over the course of the season. In spite of his good work, Johnson is not expected to have the interim tag removed this winter. With Johnson likely to be re-assigned, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that several former Mets could be in the mix for the job.

Two people high on the Mets' wish list are the recently retired Bobby Abreu and popular former Met Edgardo Alfonzo. Abreu is highly regarded by the Mets' organization for his hitting approach, and was brought back after being released in August due to his ability to mentor the team's younger players. Abreu has indicated that he will likely tend to business ventures in Venezuela now that he is done playing, but Puma's report indicates that Abreu would likely be open to the hitting coach job if it is offered to him.

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Report: New York Mets Payroll Could Be Around 100 Million Dollars in 2015

September 29th, 2014 at 4:09 PM
By Mike Phillips

Much of the speculation surrounding the New York Mets' offseason activities always centers on their payroll. The Mets have reduced payroll in each of the four years that GM Sandy Alderson has run the ship, with payroll bottoming out at around 85 million dollars this season. Earlier speculation, guided by quotes from Alderson during a visit to a veteran's hospital, indicated the Mets would keep their payroll around this range in 2015.

There are, however, mixed signals regarding the Mets' payroll going forward. ESPN New York's Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets' payroll could end up close to 100 million dollars next season in certain scenarios. According to Rubin's report, the Mets are slated to have a payroll around 93 million dollars next season without making any external additions. This figure is due to arbitration increases and salary increases for several players currently under contract.

Combining the increases with Alderson's goal of adding several veterans to the roster, Rubin posits that an educated guess would put the team's payroll around 100 million dollars for 2015. Mets sources insist the team won't push their payroll to around 130 million dollars like they would in the Omar Minaya era. With the state of payroll being how it is, the Mets could look to deal some higher priced pieces to reallocate their resources next season.

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Mets 101 Minor League Mondays Affiliate Review: Gulf Coast Mets

September 29th, 2014 at 1:06 PM
By Mike Phillips

Now that the 2014 season is over, Mets 101's Minor League Mondays will take a look back at each of the New York Mets' minor league affiliates and review their seasons. Over the course of the next several weeks, we will review how each club performed this season, spotlight some young players to watch, and more. We kick off the series today with a look at the Rookie League Gulf Coast Mets.

Affiliate Review: Gulf Coast League Mets

Story: The Gulf Coast League Mets had a solid year, but narrowly missed the Gulf Coast League playoffs. The GCL Mets finished the 2014 season with a record of 33-27 in 60 games, finishing four games behind the GCL Cardinals in the Eastern division. The GCL Mets were managed by second year skipper Jose Carreno, who continued to do a solid job of developing young talent and taking in injured Mets for rehab work. Another notable name on the coaching staff is pitching coach Royce Ring, who was a Met in the mid-2000's.

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