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Mets news & rumors: Kevin Long and Michael Cuddyer

Curtis Granderson (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Curtis Granderson (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The New York Mets hired former New York Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long on Thursday. He got credit for helping Curtis Granderson put together some of the best offensive seasons of his career while with the Yankees.

The Mets are undoubtedly hoping that hiring Long and bringing in the right and right-center field fences will help Granderson return to All-Star form. I don’t know that I’m buying it, but why not stay positive? (Oh, yeah… Long is the third hitting coach the Mets have employed in 2014. Sooner or later, somebody’s going to have to start blaming the players if they don’t hit.)’s Mike Vorkunov put together a list of six things you should know about Long for those who are curious about the Mets latest hitting coach.

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Will Ike Davis be on the move again this winter?

Ike Davis during a public appearance after his rookie season with the Mets. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)
Ike Davis during a public appearance after his rookie season with the Mets. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Former Mets first baseman Ike Davis is likely to be the subject of trade rumors again this winter, according to Daily News baseball columnist Andy Martino.

While Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington publicly maintains that the team sees Pedro Alvarez as a third baseman, many believe the Pirates will move him to first base because of a throwing problem he developed this season. And that makes Davis expendable.

After being acquired from the Mets in April, Davis, 27, hit .235 with a .343 on-base percentage, 10 home runs and 46 RBI.

Davis earned $3.5 million this season and should expect some kind of raise through arbitration, so it’s possible that Pittsburgh will simply non-tender him. He could still be attractive to a team looking for a platoon player, and Martino mentions the Miami Marlins as one possible destination.

I’m not sure how I feel about seeing Davis play in the National League East again… while he didn’t do much against his former team this season (2-for-18, one run scored, two RBI), I’m afraid it might not continue to work out that way if he plays on a team that faces the Mets 18 or 19 times a season.