Marc Carig of Newsday reports that Mets hitting coach Kevin Long is unlikely to return in 2018.
Long was a candidate to replace Terry Collins as manager but was bypassed for Mickey Callaway. The club had said that Long would still have a job in 2018 even if he didn’t get Collins’ job, but his contract has expired and he’s expected to move on. Carig’s story doesn’t explicitly say that it’s Long’s decision to leave, but it seems that way, as the Mets reportedly wanted him to stay.
Long had a good reputation among Mets hitters since being hired in 2015 and was well thought of when he held the same post with the Yankees between 2007 and 2014. That, combined with the fact that he was a managerial candidate, both in New York and with the Nationals, with whom he interviewed, suggests that he’ll probably not have a hard time finding a new gig.
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.