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 Posted: Thu Sep 28th, 2017 02:17 am
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In June, with their season already in disarray, New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson declared that longtime pitching coach Dan Warthen was "part of the solution." That may no longer be the case.

Following a disastrous summer in which Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, and Zack Wheeler each spent considerable time on the disabled list, the Mets are now preparing to notify Warthen that he won't be retained for the 2018 campaign, industry sources told Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Warthen, who has served as the Mets' pitching coach since 2008, is the longest-tenured member of the club's field staff, landing his position three years before Terry Collins took over as manager. Incidentally, Collins isn't expected to be back with the Mets next year, either, and could be notified as early as Monday that his contract won't be renewed for the 2018 campaign.

This season, amid an unrelenting spate of injuries, the Mets fielded one of the least effective pitching staffs in the majors, their patchwork group combining for the third-worst ERA (5.01) and second-worst WHIP (1.49) in baseball. The Mets used a dozen different starters in 2017, too, and were one of just two teams - along with the Cincinnati Reds - to have only one pitcher throw at least 120 innings.