Mickey Callaway on hot seat after Mets get swept by Marlins

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The Mets suffered their fifth consecutive loss, dropping Sunday afternoon’s series finale 3-0 to the Marlins. They lost 2-0 on Saturday and 8-6 on Friday, giving the lowly Marlins their first series sweep since September 18-20, 2017. Manager Mickey Callaway’s seat was already hot, as they say, entering the series but it is now engulfed in flames.

After Sunday’s loss, the Mets are now 20-25, just a game ahead of the floundering fourth-place Nationals. They haven’t scored since the eighth inning of Friday night’s loss and are overall 4-10 since May 3. While Callaway hasn’t been great, the Mets’ woes have as much to do with key players underperforming. Second baseman Robinson Canó entered Sunday’s action with a .679 OPS. Catcher Wilson Ramos, another offseason acquisition, had a .626 OPS. Steven Matz, with a 3.96 ERA, has been the best of what was supposed to be a dominant starting rotation. Reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom has a 3.98 ERA and Noah Syndergaard is at 4.74. Reliever Jeurys Familia has walked 13 batters and allowed 10 earned runs to score in 16 1/3 innings. Managers, however, are usually the first to go when a team fails to live up to expectations.

It is unclear who the Mets would ask to manage the team in the interim if the club were to fire Callaway, but bench coach Jim Riggleman seems like an obvious option. Riggleman managed the Reds in the interim after the club let go of Bryan Price in April last year. Riggleman has managed across parts of 13 seasons with the Padres, Cubs, Mariners, and Nationals as well as the Reds, owning an overall 726-904 (.445) record.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.