Despite a 79-83 record their best win- loss total in the Sandy Alderson era, their offense or lack thereof was going to need to be addressed. Well that shoe dropped in the firing of hitting coach Lamar Johnson and assistant hitting coach Luis Natera. Both have been offered positions within the minor league system.
Potential candidates to replace Johnson include Bobby Abreu, Edgardo Alfonzo and Triple-A hitting coach George Greer.
According to a source, the popular Alfonzo — who rejoined the organization in 2014 as a coach for Single-A Brooklyn — would be extremely interested in discussing the hitting coach position with team officials.
Johnson was promoted from minor league hitting coordinator after Dave Hudgens was fired as hitting coach on May 26, but the Mets were virtually the same team offensively after the switch. The Mets had a .237/.309/.352 slash line under Hudgens and a .238/.308/.370 line with Johnson as hitting coach.