Mets find a bench coach, land 11 pitchers at the start of the international signing period
Glenn Sherlock rejoins the organization as Buck Showalter's bench coach
What’s up with the Mets? 💭
The Mets are hiring Glenn Sherlock to be Buck Showalter’s bench coach (Heyman)
Bobby Valentine could rejoin the Mets in a front office role (New York Post)
Earlier this month, the Mets signed LHP Alex Claudio to a minor league contract.
Sherlock, 61, rejoins the Mets organization after serving as their third base coach and catching instructor from 2017-2019. He was originally hired by Buck Showalter in 1996 as a minor league instructor in the Diamondbacks organization after working with Showalter in the Yankee organization as a major league catching instructor in 1992, 1994 and 1995. He worked inside the Yankee organization for ten years, managing the GCL Yankees in 1990 and 1993 and the single-A Fort Lauderdale Yankees in 1991.
Sherlock was on Arizona’s major league coach staff for 19 years before joining the Mets in 2017.
International Free Agents📝
The international free agent signing period began on Saturday, with the Mets inking 21 players at the jump, 11 of which were pitchers.
Highlighting the day for New York are CF Simon Juan (16th best international prospect, per MLB.com) and five-tool prospect OF Willy Fañas.
Juan received a $1.9 million signing bonus, while Fañas signed for $1.5 million (SI).
The Mets also signed RHP Ernesto Mercedes, SS Yonatan Henriquez, SS D’Angelo Sarmiento RHP Wellington Aracena, RHP José Chirinos, LHP Franklin Gómez, RHP Wilson Esterlin Laventure, RHP Juan Orama, LHP Cesar Rivera, C Orangel Rodriguez, RHP Freilander Seijas, C Daniel Silva, OF Jeffrey Rosa, C Francisco Toledo, SS Jeisel Vargas, RHP Omar Victorino, LHP Johan Villegas, RHP José Sequera and SS Jesus Báez.
Read more about the international signing period here.
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