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Chili Davis to be the Mets new hitting coach

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The Mets are reportedly going to make Chili Davis their next hitting coach. It’s not official yet, but multiple outlets are saying it’s in the works.

Davis was fired by the Cubs in October and, if he gets the Mets job, will be on his fourth team as a hitting coach. He would replace Pat Roessler, who the Mets fired after the season after only one year on the job. As such, Davis would be the Mets’ third hitting coach in as many seasons.

Which, while some might say reflects poorly on the abilities and/or patience of either Davis and/or the Mets, I prefer to think is more a matter of no one really being able to say what makes a good hitting coach after you get past the “does the team have good hitters who perform well?” inquiry. More so than any job in baseball, a hitting coach’s success is determined by the roster and its health.

Which is to say: I wouldn’t think too hard about this either way, Mets fans.

Cardinals extend José Martínez through 2020

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First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.

Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.