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 Allard Baird believes the New York Mets are ready to win

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NEW YORK (AP) — now.“You need impact starting pitching and they have it here. That was one of the attractive things Roger Maris Jersey ,” he said Thursday, a day after leaving the World Series champion Boston Red Sox to become an assistant general manager under new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen.New York’s rotation is headed by NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, and it also includes Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz and Jason Vargas,But the Mets were next to last in the major leagues with a .234 batting average, just ahead of Philadelphia, and 21st with 170 home runs. Three years after winning the NL pennant, New York finished fourth in the NL East at 77-85.“There are areas that we need to improve, and I know Brody is working extremely hard, as well as everybody else in the organization, to get there as quick as possible,” Baird said. “I think it goes well beyond the major league club. It’s the things that do not make the headlines that we’re attacking.”Baird was the Kansas City Royals’ general manager from June 2000 to May 2006 and spent the last 12 years with Boston Matt Carpenter Jersey , including the last three as senior vice president of player personnel. His title with the Mets is vice president and assistant general manager of scouting and player development.New York also hired Adam Guttridge as an assistant GM — he had been an analytics consultant to teams after spending five years working for the Milwaukee Brewers, the last year as manager of baseball research and development.John Ricco was the only assistant GM under Van Wagenen’s predecessor, Sandy Alderson. Ricco also is senior vice president for baseball operations and was one of Alderson’s trio of top executives along with special assistants J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya. Ricciardi left three weeks ago.Baird’s offseason home had been in Miami, but he kept a New York apartment even before the Mets hired him and already has moved. He was surprised when the Mets hired Van Wagenen, who had represented players as the co-ahead of CAA Baseball.“The leadership and the vision that Brody has for this organization as a whole really played into this,” Baird said. “When he was named general manager, I have to admit I took a step back because I’m thinking how is this going to work? I know that he has attributes as a communicator, knowing what players go through.”Baird said he was convinced to take the job during a conversation on Thanksgiving, concluding “we had a chance to do something special here.”While New York has not had a large analytics staff compared with some other teams, Baird said data already is in place “and we probably in my mind need to utilize it more in different ways.”“The bells and whistles should never get to the scout. The bells and whistles do not have to get to the player development staff. The bells and whistles never have to get to the individual player,” he said.Instead, the burden falls on the pedagogical skills of the coaching staff , what Baird says is “the ability to take that information, break it down, make it simple, filter it through, get it to the players and be able to make themselves better instructors.”New York already has revamped its on-field staff, bringing in longtime big league manager Jim Riggleman as bench coach for Mickey Callaway, who took over as manager from Terry Collins after the 2017 season.Notes: Infielder Dilson Herrera agreed to a minor league contract and will attend big league spring training. He made his big league debut with the Mets in 2014, was traded to Cincinnati in 2016 and hit .184 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 53 games with the Reds last season.… OF-1B Jordan Patterson was claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, three days after the Mets claimed Patterson from Colorado. NEW YORK (AP) — David Wright is scheduled to participate in a simulated game Saturday at Citi Field, the next step for the New York Mets‘ captain as he tries to make a major league comeback from neck, back and shoulder injuries.The third baseman hasn’t played in the big leagues since May 2016. He batted a combined .171 (7 for 41) with one double in 10 games for Class A St. Lucie and two with Triple-A Las Vegas last month before his rehab assignment expired on the final day of August.“Where he got to at the end of the 20 days was not where we thought he needed to be,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Friday. “Honestly Lou Brock Jersey , it does get more difficult to foresee a situation where he could come back to that level.”Right-handed reliever Anthony Swarzak, on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, will be among the pitchers to face Wright in the simulated game.“We’re going to put him through the grinder a little bit and we’re going to get to see exactly where he’s at. And more importantly, we’re going to see the next day how he recovers,” manager Mickey Callaway said. “So, I think that all of our coaches are going to get an eye on him, and I’m sure, from a baseball perspective, we will have some input.”With the season over for New York’s farm-system affiliates, Wright and the Mets are looking for other ways to measure his progress. He’s expected to get six at-bats Saturday and take grounders in the field.“It’s probably not actual game speed, but it’s as close as you can get out there on the field in practice. And we’ll set up some situations where runners might be and have him react and things like that,” Callaway said before the Mets faced the Philadelphia Phillies. “We know that David’s instincts are very good. He’ll probably never lose those. It’s more just Ken Boyer Jersey , OK, can he do all the fundamental things necessary to go out there and compete in the big leagues? And it sounds like he’s getting close to that.”A seven-time All-Star, Wright is under contract through 2020. He is making $20 million this year and is owed $27 million over the next two seasons.If the Mets reinstate him from the 60-day disabled list, it would likely diminish the amount of insurance money they could collect on his contract.“I think really where we’ve been all along, it’s been a health thing,” Ricco said. “He’s been out for two years. It’s just making sure that when he comes back, that he’s able to physically take the field and perform.”The 35-year-old Wright, who worked out with the Mets before Friday’s game, is trying to return from several operations. One was for a cervical disk herniation, another was to repair his right rotator cuff, and he also had a laminotomy procedure on his lower back last October.Despite his chronic spinal stenosis, Wright has maintained he wants to exhaust every attempt at a comeback. But if he’s going to return , he doesn’t want it to be simply for ceremonial reasons — he wants to be able to contribute on the field.“We ran out of minor league games before he was ready. So this is just really continuing his rehab and trying to get him to a place where he can go out there and be ready to play,” Callaway said. “I think we want to put him in a spot where he can go out there and feel like he can do the job, be successful at whatever he’s going to do, whether it’s pinch-hit that day or start, and then come out of it healthy. You know, you never want to put anybody in jeopardy. So I think those two things are our main goal.”NOTES: Callaway said the team would like Swarzak to throw 20 pitches Saturday. If he comes out of the session OK, he would likely be activated in the next day or two. Swarzak has been sidelined since Aug. 4. … Mets catcher Devin Mesoraco received an epidural for a bulging disk in his back, and the club hopes he’ll be able to return in about a week.
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