A few items out of the National League East..
- The Mets can be expected to prioritize a catcher this offseason, tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. In addition to that, they’ll also seek help in the outfield and bullpen plus possibly an additional starting pitcher.
- Earlier this evening, the Phillies announced that first-base coach Sam Perlozzo, bench coach Pete Mackanin, and hitting coach Greg Gross will not be returning in 2013. The trio of moves may create a chance for Ryne Sandberg to join the staff next season, writes Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- The Marlins have officially released Adam Greenberg, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald (via Twitter). Greenberg was given a chance to have his second at-bat seven years after he was hit in the head by the first pitch he faced in the majors.
Not sure why the Phillies rehired Greg Gross in the first place. They moved on from in in 2004 (?) for whatever reason, hired Thompson, fired him, and rehired Greg Gross.
Really think they need to team Charlie with another big time hitting guru, somebody with credentials that will capture the attention of what’s become, really, a group of complacent ball players beyond Utley and Chooch on the offensive side.
I’m assuming Sandberg’s the bench coach if he doesn’t get an MLB job (which would surprise me if he did… why would he want to Manage Boston as they are now? He’ll be fired in no time if he works for Jeffrey Loria in Miami, and Tito’s going to get the Cleveland job.) Why take those jobs if in 2014 the Phillies are prepared to hand him the keys to the franchise that drafted him and a much more stable ownership group and situation overall?
You can never count on the Cubs being out of the manager market for very long.
I can’t see them making a change before we do.
“a much more stable ownership group and situation overall?”
really? any team that lets Ruben Amaro wheel and deal can hardly be called stable.
So their GM makes a few bad signings < a owner who's gone through 5 managers in 6 years and an ownership group that lead a smear campaign against Tito?
Shoppach isn’t really that bad, or worse than Saltalamchia at least. Give him the AB’s and he is going to hit the same amount of HR, strike out once every 3AB (like Salty) and swing at anything near the plate. difference? shoppach can throw better than Salty.
I like him as the backup for sure but as the starter we need to get a young catcher already who will be here for the long haul and will be an everyday player already. There are quite a few teams that have extra young catchers like the Blue Jays that i’d love if they took a shot at to become the everyday catcher.
Mets need a catcher…….Seattle has two and one really good one coming up at rocket pace…….we need a first baseman……..mets have a first baseman in Ike Davis……..i think that Jaso and relief pitching should be able to net Davis and pitching/ss in a trade this winter.
Vargas plus jaso wiuld do it. How much control does vargas have left?
Mets need an everyday catcher not another one with a huge platoon split.
Funny Man, platoon catcher for a 30+ hr hitting 1B.
…and the 3rd base coach remains? pathetic