The Mets made a handful of coaching changes on Monday. Gary DiSarcina is now the third base coach. Glenn Sherlock is now the first base coach. Pitching coach Dave Eiland and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater were retained. Bullpen coach Ricky Bones will be reassigned within the organization. Hitting coach Pat Roessler was not retained. Also, notably, former first base coach Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been named the new advisor to new GM Brodie Van Wagenen.
According to Tim Britton of The Athletic, Amaro let the Mets know about his interest in their open GM position and other potential front office positions near the end of the 2018 season. Ultimately, the Mets decided to go with the now-former agent with zero experience. As Newsday’s Tim Healey points out, Van Wagenen is surrounded by plenty of people who do have experience. Along with Amaro, he has Omar Minaya and J.P. Ricciardi, both former GMs, as well as John Ricco who has been the Mets’ assistant GM since 2006.
Amaro’s career path has been interesting, to say the least. The son of a former major leaguer, Amaro Jr. spent parts of eight seasons in the majors with the Angels, Indians, and Phillies. He joined the Phillies’ front office upon retiring under then-GM Ed Wade and continued to work under Pat Gillick, who took over after Wade. When Gillick stepped aside following the Phillies’ championship in 2008, Amaro was named the new GM. The Phillies fired him late in the 2015 season. Amaro took a job as the first base coach for the Red Sox in 2016, then took the same job with the Mets in 2017. Now he’s back in the front office.
Amaro has also dabbled in acting, having multiple cameos on ABC’s show The Goldbergs:
Amaro is anything but typical.
Former Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is up for grabs this offseason, and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that as many as nine suitors are interested in bringing the righty aboard. While the Red Sox are eager to retain Eovaldi’s services after his lights-out performance during their recent postseason run, they’ll have to contend with the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, White Sox, Padres, Blue Jays, Giants, and Angels — all of whom are reportedly positioned to offer something for the starter this winter.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the 28-year-old in 2018, however. After losing his 2017 season to Tommy John surgery, he underwent an additional procedure to remove loose bodies from his right elbow in March and didn’t make his first appearance until the end of May. He was flipped for lefty reliever Jalen Beeks just prior to the trade deadline and finished his season with a combined 6-7 record in 21 starts, a 3.81 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, and 8.2 SO/9 through 111 innings.
Despite his numerous health issues over the last few years, Eovaldi raised his stock in October after becoming a major contributor during the Red Sox’ championship run. He contributed two quality starts in the ALDS and ALCS and returned in Games 1-3 of the World Series with three lights-out performances in relief — including a six-inning effort in the 18-inning marathon that was Game 3.
A frontrunner has yet to emerge for the righty this offseason, but Cafardo points out that the nine teams listed so far might just be the tip of the iceberg. Still, he won’t be the most sought-after starter on the market, as former Diamondbacks southpaw Patrick Corbin is expected to command an even bigger payday following his career-best 6.0-fWAR performance in 2018.