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The Mets have reached out to Brad Ausmus for their managerial opening

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Jon Heyman of FanRag reports that the New York Mets have reached out to former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus regarding their managerial opening. Heyamn says that Ausmus is “on the radar” of the Mets and that the two sides have had one conversation thus far.

On the one hand I can see Ausmus fitting in with the Mets as, reportedly, Sandy Alderson’s beef with Terry Collins was that he managed by his gut and didn’t carry out the front office vision the way Alderson would’ve liked. Ausmus, despite his poor showing in Detroit in the past couple of years, is more of an intellectual type and always seemed like a good company man in Detroit. His m.o. back when he was a backup catcher toward the end of his career was to be hyper-prepared, compiling reports on opposing hitters and helping his teammates prepare, almost like an assistant coach. That sort of left-brained approach likewise translates better to what Alderson expects from a manager.

At the same time, Ausmus was given a veteran, recently-contending team with the Tigers and often seemed smaller than the task at hand. When times were tough he seemed like a deer in the headlights, and that was under the relatively minor pressure of the Detroit media. How will he handle a team that, while it struggled in 2017, is still laden with veterans and expectations, all cast against the New York media?

I dunno. I think Ausmus probably deserves another shot at some point. One where he’s grown up with the team rather than one in which he’s coming in following the departure of an old guy and is expected to continue a pattern of recent success, however interrupted it has been.  Stranger things have happened, I suppose, but the Mets’ situation does not seem well-suited for him, or him for it.

Report: Mets showing interest in Bartolo Colon

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Last month, free agent right-hander Bartolo Colon told reporters that he’d be open to taking a minor league deal in 2018, but only if he was guaranteed a return to the Mets’ system. The 44-year-old starter is nearing the end of a 20-year career, and it makes sense that he’d want to have one last hurrah in the city where he had some of his most productive years.

Now, Twins starter Ervin Santana tells Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press, it looks like the Mets might also be open to a reunion. It’s doubtful that Colon has all that much left in the tank, especially following a combined 7-14 record and 6.48 ERA for the Braves and Twins last year, but he’s not necessarily looking to reproduce the 15+ win, sub-4.00 ERA totals of years past.

Instead, Santana says, Colon is seeking the opportunity to win just six more games. He’ll enter the 2018 season five wins shy of the all-time record for a Latin American-born player, and is hoping to claim that title for himself before he enters retirement in 2019. Former Orioles and Expos hurler Dennis Martinez currently holds the record after clinching his 245th win back in 1998. While it took Colon a full season of starts to come up with even seven wins in 2017, he’s only one year removed from a 15-win campaign in 2016. Provided that the Mets are willing to gamble on him again, the milestone may not be that far out of reach.