As they do every year after the season, the Mets will hold organizational meetings next week at Citi Field. Conspicuously absent from those meetings will be manager Mickey Callaway, who plans to make the 19-hour drive home to Florida with no guarantees about his future.
That Callaway wasn’t invited to the Mets’ baseball-operations powwow is unusual, though not entirely unexpected for a manager who spent nearly the entire season answering questions about his job status. On two separate occasions, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen publicly vouched for Callaway, whom he did not hire. Although Callaway is under guaranteed contract through 2020, his job never seemed particularly secure.