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Mets hitting coach Kevin Long unlikely to return

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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.

 

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.