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Mets fire hitting coach Roessler, bullpen coach Bones

Mets fire hitting coach Roessler, bullpen coach Bones

Roessler's departure was first broken by Joel Sherman of the New York Post, marking the third consecutive season the Mets will have a different hitting coach.

The team had been on an unofficial search for a general manager for a while ever since Sandy Alderson announced he'd be stepping away from the job, but finally found their man in former agent Brodie Van Wagenen. The offensive struggles came as Yoenis Cespedes missed most of the season on the disabled list and Michael Conforto spent the first three months trying to rebound from shoulder surgery the previous year. Bones had been bullpen coach since the 2012 season.

Van Wagenen pointed to DiSarcina's work defensively with Amed Rosario as a factor in keeping DiSarcina on the staff.

Former Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., who had been first-base coach, will become a front office adviser to the 44-year-old Van Wagenen, who quit as co-head of CAA Baseball's agency group and was hired October 30 to replace Sandy Alderson as GM.

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It's also worth noting that Van Wagenen noted that Tebow is on "a real mission to play in the big leagues next year", and that when asked if that meant he'd play in the big leagues in 2019, Van Wagenen did not rule it out.

All of this potential turnover on the coaching staff could be a sign that manager Mickey Callaway is on a short leash.

For the first time in over three years, Ruben Amaro Jr. will be part of a Major League Baseball organization's front office.

"At this point we want to identify where our greatest needs are and make sure we are putting our best people in that position", Van Wagenen said. "They are certainly important to me and that's why they are out here this week".