The New York Mets just announced, officially, that Mickey Callaway is their new manager. There will be a press conference introducing him at 4PM this afternoon.
Callaway, 42, was most recently the Indians pitching coach. He has worked his way up through the coaching ranks over the past seven years, beginning with the Indians’ Single-A affiliate in the Midwest League. He has been the Tribe’s big league pitching coach since 2013 and has experienced great success in the role. There was a time when the leap from being a successful pitching coach to being a successful big league manager was a tough one, but in recent years several pitching coaches, including John Farrell and Bud Black, have experienced success in the transition.
Callaway will take over a Mets team that finished 70-92 in 2017 after making the playoffs in the previous two seasons. The success of the club will hinge on the success of their promising but often injured pitching staff, making Callaway a good fit for the job, at least on paper.
The Reds lost their first arbitration case of the offseason, per a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Second baseman Scooter Gennett was awarded the $5.7 million salary figure he was seeking from the team, a $600,000 bump over the $5.1 million they countered with last month.
Gennett, 27, is coming off of a career-best performance in 2017. After getting claimed off of waivers by the Reds last March, he broke out with an impressive .295/.342/.531 batting line, 27 home runs and 2.4 fWAR in 497 plate appearances. By season’s end, he ranked among the top five most productive second basemen in the National League (and 12th overall). He’s currently set to remain under team control through 2019.
Gennett was only the second Reds player to go to an arbitration hearing this winter. Fellow infielder Eugenio Suarez was defeated in arbitration last week and stands to make just $3.75 million compared to the $4.2 million he filed for in January. All 22 arbitration cases have now been resolved. Twelve were decided in favor of the players.