According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Tim Teufel is expected to be promoted to manager of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
With Ken Oberkfell expected to be named the bench coach for Terry Collins on the major league staff, Oberkfell’s former position as Triple-A Buffalo manager is expected to go to ’86 Met Tim Teufel.
Teufel managed Double-A Binghamton last season who finished with a 66-76 record in the Eastern League last season.
It is not yet clear whether Wally Backman would jump all the way to Binghamton, Rubin says, or if he will be assigned to Class A St. Lucie, but the Double-A assignment would be logical.
Some good moves by the Mets in my opinion with the earlier reported promotion of Oberkfell to bench coach, and the promotion of Tim Teufel.
Original Post 9:30 AM
Yesterday, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that Triple-A manager Ken Oberkfell is likely to be the Mets next bench coach.
It had been known for some time that the bench coach position would be filled internally as Terry Collins said he believed in promoting from within when asked about who is bench coach would be.
Oberkfell is a mild mannered type, who kind of blends in and prefers to stay out of the limelight. He has an excellent reputation of working well with younger players and is a big stickler for fundamentals.
It’s very likely that the Mets too will announce that Tim Teufel could be promoted to manage the Buffalo Bisons to replace Oberkfell. Teufel managed for the Class-AA Binghamton Mets last season.
There is also a good chance that the Mets will name their complete staff by today.
Mookie Wilson is the leading candidate to take over as first base coach, and the Mets will probably choose a hitting coach from among Don Long, Andy Van Slyke and Dave Hudgens, with Van Slyke having a slight edge.
Yesterday, Moises Alou declined the Mets offer to be on the coaching staff, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
It looks like after today, the Mets will have nothing left to do but fill in the rest of their roster with what ever remaining budget they have left. I expect we’ll see some more minor league deals with Spring Training invites, and I still do expect them to acquire a middle of the rotation starter either through free agency (Young, Garcia, Francis) or trade.