As November finally comes around, and it is still hot as ever here in Tallahassee, Florida, several former New York Mets coaches and scouts have now hit the free agent market. This is because the contracts of these coaches have expired and now it’s up to the Mets to decide whether to bring them back or not.
Every coach has the opportunity to come back, but some seem better suited to make their return than others.
Of the entire staff, Dan Warthen and Chip Hale have the best chance of remaining with the big league squad. Warthen, who you will remember, was highly praised by the likes of Mike Pelfrey and David Wright for handling the pitching staff this season. He could remain as the pitching coach next year.
Chip Hale, the former dicey third base coach, also has a shot to stay with the team. His name is also being thrown around as an internal replacement for ex-manager Jerry Manuel, but if not, he should reclaim his position in the third base box.
In addition, bullpen coach Randy Niemann and hitting coach Howard Johnson also have a decent chance of remaining with the team whether it’s within the frameworks of the organization or reclaiming their original roles back on the field.
That leaves us with two coaches who appear to be on the outside, looking-in. First base coach Razor Shines and bench coach David Jauss could have seen their last days with the Mets organization. With previous ties to former manager Jerry Manuel, it's safe to assume that their positions on the team are no longer theirs to keep and are goners for the 2011 season.
According to accredited sources within the organization, the Amazin’s have yet to start the interview process for any coaching or management position. But with the dust starting to settle after the GM search, the ball should be rolling fairly soon.