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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_btn title=”EMAIL NEWSLETTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” color=”black” size=”sm” align=”center” link=””][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s Thanksgiving eve and you’d think all would be peaceful and warm in the office; people preparing for the holiday with family and friends; co-workers mingling and sharing a laugh and good wishes to each other.

Then, there is the New York Mets “family” who woke to the news that former Mets pitcher Steven Matz had a agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. It was quite a jolt to a fan base and ownership who held out hope that Matz was serious about returning to Queens.

The news made Mets owner choke on his morning coffee. Based on Steve Cohen’s tweet earlier this hour, the boss is not happy. Needless to say, Cohen was surprised to hear the news that Matz had did an about face, signing a deal with the Cardinals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The announcement is gasoline to the fire that has been the New York Mets short offseason so far.

The team swung and miss on multiple big names in pursuit of a president of baseball operations before eventually settling for Billy Eppler, who will serve as the team’s general manager. After publicly saying he’d like to resign with the Mets, starter Noah Syndergaard and reliever Aaron Loup slipped away to Los Angeles on a one-year deal. Michael Conforto rejected the Mets qualifying offer. Marcus Stroman and Javier Baez are lingering on the free agent market.

Then of course, there are the menacing stories that linger over the team:

  1. Firing Luis Rojas: After being let go at the end of the 2021 season, Rojas accepted a position as third base coach with, of all team’s, the crosstown Yankees. On his way out, he fired a parting shot at the Mets: “You technically aren’t in New York unless you play for the Yankees. I finally arrived to the Empire State.”
  2. Firing Zack Scott: After being hired as assistant GM a year ago, then taking over as GM after the team fired Jared Porter, another new GM, after allegations of sexual harassment, Scott was put on administrative leave, then terminated, after being arrested for a DWI.
  3. Chili Davis: The former Mets hitting instructor blasted the organization saying, “That organization needs a big turnaround, they need to clean house,. Some of the people that have been there so long during those dismal years, they need to bring some fresh faces and baseball people in there …”

And, the Mets are still without a manager for 2022. But that may not be last much longer as the organization works hard to fill its managerial position prior to the opening of the Winter Meetings on December 6 in Orlando (barring a lockout).

But here’s the good news: Robinson Cano will be back in 2022.

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