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Mets Introduce Mickey Callaway As Manager

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The New York Mets have found their man. Mickey Callaway was formally introduced as the next manager of the Mets at a press conference on Monday.

Callaway becomes the 21st manager in franchise history.

“It was important for us to have someone, in our minds, who was personally excellent,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said.

“We had planned on having a second round of interviews but ended our first round and decided there was only one man for the job. So rather than going to a second round we spent the rest of our time convincing Mickey to come to New York.”

“I’m so excited to get to know the players,” Callaway said. “Care more about the players than anyone ever has before. We’re going to know that they’re human beings and individuals. This is going to be a group that feels that every day we come to the clubhouse. That’s going to be our main concern. To show them that we know this game is difficult and we care about you as a player, a human being and about your personal life.”

Alderson had high praise for Terry Collins, the Mets longest tenured manager.

“You’re not the longest-tenured manager in Mets history without doing a lot of things [well],” Alderson said of Collins.

“Some of the things we think are important today relate to this team and to our situation, but don’t for a minute think all of this is a projection of anything that went on before. It’s just a recalibration.”

Callaway will have to tackle the issues that the Mets have experienced with starting pitching, mainly due to a rash of injuries.

The new Mets manages said that there are “a ton of things that can be implemented to keep pitchers healthy,” Callaway said. “Whatever those might be, whatever those might need to be for those individuals, we’ll implement those things.”

Alderson discussed trying to bring hitting coach Kevin Long back to the team after Long interviewed for the manager’s job.

“Right now I think it’s a possibility he’ll be back on staff,” Alderson said. “I think it’s very possible someone else will seek out Kevin.”

 

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2019 Trade Deadline Highlights

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In a shocking, last-minute deal, Zack Greinke has a new home (CBS Sports).

This year’s Trade Deadline in the MLB wasn’t as boisterous as previous seasons and might rank as one of the less-exciting ones in history. There was still a good number of high-profile moves, however, and a few big names went on to new homes. Here’s a look at the more notable acquisitions of July 31, 2019 and how they will impact the teams that got the big returns.

Blue Jays trade RHP Marcus Stroman to Mets in exchange for RHP Anthony Kay, RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson

The move that unofficially kicked off trading season was a bit of a head scratcher. It had long been rumored that Toronto was shopping ace Marcus Stroman, but the team he ended up with isn’t exactly a contender. The Mets are currently four games under .500 and may not be vying for the postseason in 2019. The move is likely another part of the Mets rebuilding process, and since Noah Syndergaard stayed put, New York may have a formidable rotation next season.

Indians acquire LHP Scott Moss, OF Yasiel Puig from Reds and OF Franmil Reyes, LHP Logan Allen and IF Victor Nova from Padres, Padres acquire OF Taylor Trammell from Reds, Indians acquire Reds acquire RHP Trevor Bauer from Indians

The literal biggest trade of the day was a this three-team blockbuster. Trevor Bauer firing the ball over the center field wall on Sunday after he was pulled in the fifth inning ended up being the last pitch he threw in an Indians uniform. A day later the Tribe rid itself of his petulance and pulled off a massive trade with intrastate rival Cincinnati as well as San Diego that saw Bauer go to the Reds and Reds top prospect Taylor Tramell go to the Friars. Cleveland received a host of players from both teams, most namely Yasiel Puig, who is ironically also known as a prima donna.

Though Bauer is undeniably talented when he keeps his act together and bolsters the Reds attempts to trend upward, San Diego may have won the trade with Tramell, MLB’s no. 30 overall prospect.

Rays acquire 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers in exchange for RHP Jacob Faria

Milwaukee was certainly brewing before the Deadline and made a commendable effort to improve its pitching. GM David Stearns’ most notable move was a straight swap with the Rays that brought back righty Jacob Faria in exchange for power hitting 1B Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is having a down year but has proven many times that he can be deadly. He gives the Rays the big bat they’ve been seeking in their hunt for a Wild Card berth.

It’s a good move for both sides because it clears Milwaukee’s infield logjam and gives the team another quality starter. Faria never quite broke out in Tampa Bay but a change of scenery always has potential to pay dividends. After having already gotten Jordan Lyles from Pittsburgh on Monday, the Brewers made another move and got Drew Pomeranz from San Fransisco later on Wednesday. Though none of the returns are big name guys, Milwaukee is serious about making another run after coming so close last year.

Cubs acquire OF Nicholas Castellanos from Tigers in exchange for RHP Alex Lange and RHP Paul Richan.

The Cubs made their chances of taking the NL Central back even better with this move. Nicholas Castellanos has been one of the MLB’s more underrated players in recent years, largely because he was on the Tigers after the team’s glory days of the early 2010s ended. Adding him to a lineup that already includes Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Javier Baez gives the Cubbies even more firepower, especially given Castellanos success vs. lefty pitchers. It’s also a great move for him personally as he gets to join a contending team at last. The Cubs are vying to appear in the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season, and their chances look pretty good.

Astros acquire RHP Zack Greinke from Diamondbacks in exchange for RHP Corbin Martin, RHP JB Bukauskas, IF Josh Rojas and IF Seth Beer

If Houston was scary good before this trade, they’re terrifyingly good now. The Astros just added Zack Greinke to a rotation that already includes Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole in a last-minute deal that wasn’t announced until after the deadline officially passed. Arizona received a package of four minor leaguers in return as the team is now officially in the rebuilding process.

Like Verlander, Greinke is in the second half of his thirties but has not declined at all and owned a 10-4 record with a 2.90 on a sub-par Diamondbacks team at the time of his departure. The six-time All-Star’s presence gives Houston the best rotation in baseball by far and should get the knees of any upcoming opponent knocking. The MLB said it best on Instagram today, “Facing Houston? You have a problem.”

Notable non-moves:

  • After being heavily rumored as top targets, Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard and Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner are still members of their longtime teams.
  • The Boston Red Sox, whose bullpen has blown 18 saves, made no moves to improve its relief core, to the amazement of the team’s fanbase.
  • The New York Yankees were thought to be Syndergaard’s top suitor, but the team did not acquire any starting pitching to aid Aaron Boone’s struggling rotation.

What was the biggest move of the deadline this year? Be sure to let us know on Twitter @HomeRunDaily.

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Braves Acquire Shane Greene, Mark Melancon, John Ryan Murphy

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Shane Greene

The Atlanta Braves have been busy at the trade deadline, making a flurry of moves to bolster their lineup for the stretch run.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, Atlanta has acquired Shane Green from the Detroit Tigers.

Additionally, the Braves have also landed reliever Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for right handers Tristan Black and Dan Winkler.

According to The Athletic’s Robert Murray, the Braves will acquire catcher John Ryan Murphy from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations.

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Nationals Acquire Hunter Strickland

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The Washington Nationals have acquired reliever Hunter Strickland from the Seattle Mariners, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

As part of the deal, left hander Aaron Fletcher will be heading to Seattle in return.

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