The New York Mets will welcome their new manager, Luis Rojas, today. As MLB.com suggests he will have five big challenges for the season.
The team keeps trying to acquire Starling Marte and may have competition.
Here are the New York Metsâ€™ links, news and rumors:
MetsMerizedonline.com: The New York Mets will welcome their new manager today. The team will introduce Luis Rojas, the man in charge of leading the squad in 2020 and beyond, at a press conference on Friday at 3:00 pm ET.
The Mets announced its new skipper yesterday, but the news surfaced on Wednesday. He is a liked and respected member of the organization and already managed stars like Pete Alonso in the minors.
Anthony DiComo: Speaking of Luis Rojas, MLB.comâ€™s beat writer for the Mets Anthony DiComo analyzed the five most challenging situations that the new manager will have to face in his first season at the helm.
He lists rescuing closer Edwin Diaz, figuring out the Yoenis Cespedesâ€™ situation, clarifying the back of the rotation, getting the most out of Robinson Cano and making a good impression on the media as the five biggest challenges for the Dominican.
MetsMerizedonline.com: While the San Diego Padres, according to Dennis Lin of The Athletic, are focusing on acquiring Red Sox star Mookie Betts, they are also keeping an eye on the Starling Marte trade market.
As you probably know by now, the Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates talked about Marte for the entire offseason. Now, the talks seem to be â€œintensifying.â€
MLB.com: Andrew Simon wrote an interesting article using Steamerâ€™s projections. He found ten mind-blowing tidbits. Among them are Mike Trout being in his own tier, Giancarlo Stanton reaching the 50 home-run milestone, and an exciting forecast for the Mets bullpen.
â€œThe Metsâ€™ bullpen endured a disastrous 2019, one reason the club fell three games short of a playoff spot. But things are looking up for this group, which projects as the best in the NL. Two big reasons for the turnaround: one pitcher who struggled mightily last season, and one who barely pitched at all. Steamer sees big rebounds for both Edwin DÃaz (5.59 ERA in 2019) and the newly signed Dellin Betances (limited to one game by injuries), with both projecting to be among the top four MLB pitchers in ERA, FIP and K/9 rate. Such a scenario would effectively shut down the late innings for opponents,â€ he wrote. There you have it, Metsâ€™ fans!