Mets Hire Tom Goodwin to Fill First Base Coach Vacancy

By Joe Tichy

The Mets rounded out their staff with some speed Saturday night.  Unfortunately it is coming in the form of a first base coach.  Tom Goodwin will replace former Met Mookie Wilson as first base coach this season.

Goodwin spent time with six different organizations and played in the league for 14 years including two stints with the Dodgers.  He has spent the last four years coaching in the Red Sox minor league organization.  Goodwin became the fourth new addition to the Mets coaching staff this offseason.  He joins bench coach Bob Geren, third base coach Tim Teufel, and bullpen coach Ricky Bones as new faces in the clubhouse.

Coaching staff tweaks may be the only tweaks the Mets will be able to make during free agency.  The amount of money the Mets will have to give free agent shortstop Jose Reyes is far too important and should be their number one priority.

If they do lock up Reyes, the Mets have to fill out their rotation.  Johan Santana is returning, but will he be healthy enough to pitch the 200 innings and 30 starts?  His return was pushed back twice last year and he never saw major league action.

If the Mets want to make any splashes, they may have to go the route of the trade.  Joel Pineiro and everyone’s favorite trade candidate Edwin Jackson are viable righty options for the rotation.  Pineiro might more attainable due to him having an off year last year.  Mark Buehrle and C.J. Wilson will set the market for left handed starters and their asking price won’t be cheap.

The Mets will also have to find some money for a closer with Heath Bell, Jonathan Papelbon, and Ryan Madson being the highlights in that market.

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