Mets: Details of GM Zack Scott’s arrest emerge

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At around 4:15 am on Tuesday, police officers arrested New York Mets’ acting general manager Zack Scott, who fell asleep at the wheel of his vehicle and refused to take a breathalyzer, according to the police in White Plains, N.Y. (link to the New York Times story here).

The Mets have already placed the executive on administrative leave. He was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated. According to Capt. James Spencer of the White Plains Police Department, “an officer spotted Scott asleep at the wheel of a 2018 Toyota Highlander at the intersection of Fisher and South Lexington Avenues on Tuesday. Spencer said Scott, 44, refused to take a breathalyzer test but failed a field sobriety test.”

The Mets’ GM was booked and later released, per Spencer.

On Thursday morning, the executive pleaded not guilty to a first-offense D.W.I. charge.

The Mets expressed their disappointment with the events. “We are surprised and deeply disappointed to learn this morning about an alleged D.U.I. involving Zack Scott,” they said.

“We take this matter very seriously. Zack will not be traveling with the team for our upcoming road trip while we learn more and determine next steps,” they stated.

A rough year for Mets’ executives

Per the New York Times, Scott was attending a fund raising event by Mets’ owner Steve Cohen. A team official said the gathering was done by 9:00 pm, and he was found asleep in his car several hours later.

The Mets have had to endure several scandals this season. First, Jared Porter, hired to be the general manager in late 2020, was dismissed after it was revealed he sent unsolicited messages and pictures to a female back in 2016.

Then, former Mets’ manager Mickey Callaway was suspended for sexual harassment allegations by several women in a period spanning five years.

Most recently, Mets’ player started a rift with fans over the constant booing due to bad performance.

Mets’ GM says acquiring pitching is the team’s ‘top priority’ right now

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The New York Mets are in a quite uncomfortable position. They have dropped crucial games recently, their advantage in the NL East is dwindling (it currently stands at 2.5 games) and they lost six of their last 10 games.

To make matters worse, the injury woes that affected the organization early in the season seem to be back. Arguably the two best players on the Mets’ roster, pitcher Jacob deGrom and shortstop Francisco Lindor, are currently out with injuries.

Whereas the injury crisis of May and June seemed to affect more position players, the rotation is the one suffering the blows this time. Not only is deGrom out indefinitely with forearm tightness, but Joey Lucchesi was lost for the season with Tommy John, Noah Syndergaard suffered a setback and isn’t expected back before September, David Peterson is out for weeks, and Carlos Carrasco allowed three home runs in his latest rehab outing.

To keep their first place in the NL East, the Mets will need outside reinforcements, which means they will likely be active in the trade market.

The Mets will be looking for arms

That’s what acting general manager Zack Scott said, per MLB Trade Rumors. He stated that adding pitching will be the Mets’ “top priority” before the deadline.

“I would say as of today, that’s our top priority. It has been for a while…” he told Jon Heyman on Big Time Baseball. “I always say, I do subscribe to that old adage that you can never have enough pitching, and I do think in the seasons, in my experience, that have fallen apart, that’s been the main reason why they have fallen apart.”

Unsurprisingly, he didn’t discuss specific targets the Mets were interested in. MLBTR lists Merrill Kelly (Diamondbacks), Michael Pineda (Twins), Jon Gray (Rockies) and Tyler Anderson (Pirates) as potential mid-tier starting pitchers who could be on the move. The team reportedly sent scouts to Kelly’s last start with Arizona, but the snakes’ asking price on their right-handed hurler is said to be high.

“But right now, with pitching, I feel like it’s always a sellers’ market, so they hold the prices pretty high, and we’ll see if those prices come down or if they hold the bar really high and maybe those guys don’t even get moved, because the industry just decides it’s too high in price to pay. But I expect there to be some movement. I also know that a lot can change in these last days leading into the deadline.”

New York Mets Hire Zack Scott as Senior VP and Assistant GM

The New York Mets supplemented their front office by bringing in another former Boston Red Sox executive. Red Sox assistant GM Zack Scott will join the Mets as their new senior VP and Assistant GM.

Much like their new GM Jared Porter, Scott has an extensive resume working in the Red Sox organization. Scott and Porter worked together for 10 years in Boston. He specialized in the analytic, advanced professional scouting, and baseball systems departments. This is another good hire for a franchise trying to bolster an analytic department that the Wilpons neglected.

Scott is also another executive who is still in their 40s. Instead of holding out for Theo Epstein, the Mets are trying to find their own versions of him. These are people that Sandy Alderson and Steve Cohen hope to entrust the future of the franchise with.

This is all part of the Mets trying to build their own culture by bringing in experienced front office personnel. For the first time in the franchise’s history, there is a motive to build for success in the present and to sustain it in the future. While the big-name free agent is not here yet, the front office is on its way to being one of the best in baseball.