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  • Late last month Marshall Newhouse Jersey , when the New York Mets were on the road, a display case at Citi Field went up in flames.

     

     

     

    Just like their 2018 season.

     

     

    Nobody got hurt in the fire, which was extinguished by an automatic sprinkler system, and damage was minimal, according to the team.

     

     

    If only it were that simple to fix the product on the field.

     

     

    With the Mets sinking fast toward the bottom of the National League standings, baseball operations were turned over Tuesday to a trio of Sandy Alderson’s assistants as the 70-year-old general manager made the stunning announcement that he was stepping down because his cancer has returned.

     

     

    John Ricco, J.P. Ricciardi and Omar Minaya have decades of front office experience between them, both in New York and elsewhere around the majors. But it might take all three to clean up this mess, and time is of the essence.

     

     

    ”We’re well below our expectations, from ownership on down,” chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said. ”Talk to the baseball department, talk to the scouting department, talk to the development department, coaches, the players – nobody expected to be in this position.”

     

     

    Alderson’s indefinite leave of absence comes at a critical juncture for the languishing Mets (32-46) ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

     

     

    Needing to accrue young talent, they’ll probably try to sell off pending free agents such as shaky closer Jeurys Familia and switch-hitting second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera for whatever they can get.

     

     

    But ace pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could fetch an enormous return, and the club must decide whether to undertake such a sweeping overhaul at this stage – without a general manager in place.

     

     

    ”We’re going to talk about that. We just kind of got into this,” Ricco told reporters Wednesday. ”For me, everything has to be on the table. But you’ve got to look long and hard before you move a game-changing, top-of-the-rotation pitcher.”

     

     

    Even with last season’s 70-92 finish in mind, Ricco didn’t sound as though a total tear-down was likely. At least not yet.

     

     

    So how do the aging Mets Harrison Phillips Jersey , not even two years removed from consecutive playoff appearances, re-energize their injury-prone team and turn it around?

     

     

    The offense is stagnant. The defense is deplorable at times. The bullpen has been horrendous since New York’s 12-2 start and requires a complete rebuild next year.

     

     

    Due in large part to leg injuries and a hip problem that Alderson called ”somewhat chronic,” slugger Yoenis Cespedes has played in less than half of the Mets’ games since signing a $110 million, four-year contract in November 2016. He has a no-trade clause and almost certainly isn’t going anywhere. New York needs to figure out how to get him back in the lineup.

     

     

    Banged-up right fielder Jay Bruce, also in his 30s and sidelined by a hip injury, is batting .212 with three home runs, 17 RBIs and a paltry .613 OPS in the first season of a $39 million, three-year deal.

     

     

    Touted prospects Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith have flopped at the plate so far.

     

     

    ”That’s what we’ve been charged with: improving this club,” Ricco said. ”Obviously, the trade deadline is coming up and that’s a big pressure point in which to better your club, and certainly we are going to take advantage of that and look to be active.”

     

     

    Syndergaard, like several Mets stars, is on the disabled list again with a strained ligament in his index finger but could be back next month. The 25-year-old right-hander can’t become a free agent until after the 2021 season.

     

     

    As for deGrom, he just turned 30 and leads the majors with a 1.69 ERA going into Friday night’s scheduled start at last-place Miami. Still a salary bargain relative to his brilliant performance, deGrom is under club control through the 2020 season.

     

     

    Both pitchers were instrumental in leading New York to the 2015 World Series.

     

     

    ”We know what we have in those two,” Alderson said last week. ”At the same time, you never say never.”

     

     

    In the end, maybe the Mets will choose instead to shop mid-rotation starters Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz. Both are fully healthy for the first time in years, and their stuff looks crisp.

     

     

    Of course, New York could simply wait until the winter to settle on a strategy – perhaps after a new GM has been hired.

     

     

    Regardless of what happens over the next few months, it appears the team plans to conduct a search that includes external candidates at the end of the season.

     

     

    That also might affect the status of first-year manager Mickey Callaway Chris Ivory Jersey , hired by Alderson last fall.

     

     

    So many questions. No easy answers.

     

     

    Alderson said his prognosis is good but he doesn’t expect to be back on the job at any point, partly because his health is uncertain but also because he’s not sure it would be ”warranted.”

     

     

    Whoever winds up in charge, if they keep deGrom and Syndergaard, the Mets maintain at least the foundation of a potentially competitive squad for the next two years, provided Cespedes and some other key pieces finally manage to stay healthy.

     

     

    But the team might also be bypassing an opportunity to trade deGrom at peak value, running the risk that he or Syndergaard will get seriously injured before those chips are cashed.

     

     

    And then there’s this tricky little complication: One of the October contenders in hot pursuit of top-notch starting pitching is the New York Yankees.

     

     

    With a stocked farm system, they could be a perfect trade partner for the Mets – a buzzy topic that’s generated plenty of fodder for sports-talk radio in New York.

     

    So many times this season, New England’s defense made plays when it had to give Tom Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to win.

     

     

     

    But with the man responsible for the biggest defensive plays in Patriots’ Super Bowl history watching from the bench, it couldn’t figure out the Philadelphia Eagles in a 41-33 loss Super Bowl loss on Sunday.

     

     

    Malcolm Butler, whose interception in the end zone sealed New England’s Super win over Seattle in the 2015 Super Bowl, didn’t play a defensive snap on Sunday.

     

     

    Bill Belichick said only that they ”put the best players in the game plan like we always do.” Defensive coordinator Matt Patricia said Butler was in parts of the game plan, but those parts weren’t used in the game.

     

     

    Butler missed a day of practice last week with an illness. He warmed up and was in uniform, but watched the game’s biggest moments from the sideline. It was the first Patriots game in which Butler did not play a first quarter snap since their Super Bowl win over Seattle to cap the 2014 season. He started 17 of New England’s previous 18 games entering Sunday, including both playoff victories.

     

     

    He seemed exasperated afterward, telling reporters: ”I ain’t got nothing to say.”

     

     

    Without him, New England’s defense – and particular the secondary – had trouble keeping Foles and Philadelphia’s offense in check.

     

     

    New England allowed 41 points, more than they have given up in any Super Bowl in the Belichick era. It also surrendered 538 total yards, including 373 through the air to MVP Nick Foles. LeGarrette Blount, a former Patriots running back, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and touchdown.

     

     

    Eric Rowe started in Butler’s place. He struggled early, giving up three catches for 66 yards Trent Murphy Jersey , including Foles’ first touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.

     

     

    Butler’s teammates seemed confused by the change, which cornerback Stephon Gilmore said they didn’t find out until game time.

     

     

    ”Could he have helped us out? I don’t know. He wasn’t out there, so I don’t know,” Gilmore said. ”We just couldn’t never get off the field. I mean, we could never make a play to give the ball back out our offense.”

     

     

    The Eagles punted only once in the game and converted on a pair of fourth downs.

     

     

    The Patriots offense did its part. It didn’t punt and had no turnovers through three quarters. After playing from behind most of the night, Brady gave New England its first lead of the game, 33-32 on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 to play.

     

     

    But when the Patriots needed a hero late, no one was able to make a big play.

     

     

    And on the ensuing drive New England safety Devin McCourty couldn’t keep Zach Ertz from stretching the ball across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown reception from Foles that wound up being the game winner .

     

     

    The Patriots entered the game with 159-15 record, including a perfect 16-0 in the playoffs, when they had won the turnover battle.

     

     

    They had the first one of the night, on an interception by safety Duron Harmon in the first half.

     

     

    But it wasn’t enough.

     

     

    Philadelphia used some trickery, facing fourth-and-goal on the 1 with less than a minute to play in the half.

     

     

    After a timeout, the Eagles got the ball to Trey Burton on a reverse, who flipped a pass to a wide-open Foles for a touchdown.

     

     

    New England pulled to within 22-19 after scoring on the opening drive of the second half.

     

     

    The Patriots defense would break down again, though, this time letting Corey Clement get behind Marquis Flowers and McCourty for an over the shoulder 22-yard catch in the back of the end zone.

     

     

    Safety Patrick Chung was shaken up on that play and missed a few series. He returned to action in the fourth quarter but had to leave again late in the game with a head injury.

     

     

    ”There was nothing we hadn’t seen. We just didn’t play good fundamentally,” Rowe said.

     

     

    He said Butler was a presence on the sideline even though he didn’t play.

     

     

    ”After that first touchdown he just came up to me and was like `Keep playing. Keep your head up. It’s a long way. It’s a long game.’ So he wasn’t upset,” Rowe said. ”He was being a great teammate.”

     

     

     

     

     

      January 25, 2019 5:09 PM PST
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