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The Mets hired Pat Roessler as assistant hitting coach today. Roessler was director of player development for the Yankees for 11 years and also held the position of hitting coordinator for the team. He was the Expos hitting coach in 2000. The move reunites Roessler with another former Yankees coach, Kevin Long, who was hired as Mets hitting coach in October. ...

The Mets decided not to offer a contract to outfielder Eric Young, Jr. for next season, effectively making him a free agent. Young served as a pretty average fill-in outfielder for the team after coming over in a trade with the Rockies, but began to see decreased playing time as eventual Golden Glove outfielder Juan Lagares earned his full-time spot and several call-up outfielders like Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt denDekker showed some promise. While he definitely performed better than other outfielders on the team with the last name Young, it isn’t so surprising...Continue reading »

The Mets are one of several teams showing interest in left-handed reliever Craig Breslow. Breslow had a sub-par year last season with the Red Sox with a 5.96 ERA, although through the previous eight seasons, he sported a much better 2.82 ERA. The Mets have been searching for another left-handed pitcher to join Josh Edgin in the bullpen for 2015 and Breslow may appeal as a low risk / high reward choice. ...

Former Mets first baseman Ike Davis has been acquired by the Athletics from the Pirates. The team designated another former Met, Andrew Brown, for assignment to make room on the roster. Not really sure how Davis fits in the Athletics‘ plan for next season. His offense still isn’t consistent and it’s not like he gets on base regularly either. As much as we like him, Ike Davis is  no Yoenis Cespedes. Hope the A’s have a back up plan. ...

The Mets are looking to sign or trade for a lefty reliever in the next few weeks before the Winter Meetings end, according to a NY Post source. The left-handed pitcher the team is looking at right now is a second-tier pitcher on the level of Phil Coke, Joe Beimel and Craig Breslow. The bullpen currently only features one southpaw: Josh Edgin. Joe Beimel seems like he would be a good fit for the team, coming off of a good performance last year in the Mariners bullpen: 3-1, 2.20 ERA in 50 appearances. [via NYPost] ...

The Mets announced they will honor the late legendary Mets broadcaster Ralph Kiner with an Opening Day ceremony and a memorial uniform patch this season. This is a great way to honor Ralph Kiner, who had been with the team as a broadcaster for as long as the Mets have been  a team. ...

The Mets will honor the late Gary Carter this season with a “KID 8” patch on all players and coaches uniforms. Here’s a photo of the patch that the Mets posted on their Facebook page earlier today: Classy move by the team in remembrance of a classy ballplayer. Rest in peace, Kid. ...

Council, the three-brother rock band, will be appearing at Citi Field for a pre-game concert on September 27th, when the Mets take on the Cincinnati Reds. I recently had a chance to sit down for an interview with Doug, Pat, and Andy Reeves to discuss the band, their plans, and how they got the opportunity to play at Citi Field. ANTHONY CANTIELLO, METSTALK.COM: Tell us a little about yourselves… Who is Council? When and how did you guys get started and how would you describe your sound? DOUG REEVES: Council is made up of myself, my twin brother Pat, and...Continue reading »

Just saw a video clip showing how some New York Mets reporters spent their off-season: Come on, even Kevin Burkhardt?!? LOL ...