Staff changes, trade may be on horizon for Mets after poor road trip

A 2-9 West Coast road trip may cost at least one Mets coach his job Monday, and it may also result in a roster shakeup.

New York general manager Omar Minaya on Sunday would not guarantee the coaching staff would be intact when the Mets resume play Tuesday.

"I don’t want to talk about that," Minaya told reporters after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. "I feel everybody here is trying hard. I could tell you the staff is trying hard. If you ask me [about] the overall performance that has happened, of course I’m not happy. Nobody is happy.

"Guys are doing the best they can. But we’re going to continue to sit down with Jerry and continue to evaluate how we can get better."

Media speculation is growing that hitting coach Howard Johnson could be on his way out. The Mets were shut out four times during the trip and scored 23 runs in the 11 games.

"We’re going to get back on the plane, me and [manager] Jerry [Manuel], and talk some," Minaya said. "Everything is fair when you have a trip like this. You have to sit down and assess how you’re going to get it right and what needs to be done to get it right. We’re just not going to sit back. All of us are going to work hard, and we are working hard to find a way how to get it straight."

As for who will be playing at Citi Field on Tuesday, FOXSports.com and SI.com report the Mets and Royals may be discussing a multiplayer swap of bad contracts. Both sites report the Royals have interest in right fielder Jeff Francoeur, and that he could be packaged with left-hander Oliver Perez and second baseman Luis Castillo for right-handers Gil Meche and Kyle Farnsworth and right fielder Jose Guillen.

FOX adds the deal might not be a straight 3-for-3 swap and not all of the players being mentioned may be included in the deal. In fact, the New York Daily News reports Kansas City might be interested in Francoeur only if it ships out Guillen in a separate trade to another team.

A 2-9 West Coast road trip may cost at least one Mets coach his job Monday, and it may also result in a roster shakeup.

New York general manager Omar Minaya on Sunday would not guarantee the coaching staff would be intact when the Mets resume play Tuesday.

"I don’t want to talk about that," Minaya told reporters after Sunday’s 1-0 loss to the Dodgers in Los Angeles. "I feel everybody here is trying hard. I could tell you the staff is trying hard. If you ask me [about] the overall performance that has happened, of course I’m not happy. Nobody is happy.

"Guys are doing the best they can. But we’re going to continue to sit down with Jerry and continue to evaluate how we can get better."

Media speculation is growing that hitting coach Howard Johnson could be on his way out. The Mets were shut out four times during the trip and scored 23 runs in the 11 games.

"We’re going to get back on the plane, me and [manager] Jerry [Manuel], and talk some," Minaya said. "Everything is fair when you have a trip like this. You have to sit down and assess how you’re going to get it right and what needs to be done to get it right. We’re just not going to sit back. All of us are going to work hard, and we are working hard to find a way how to get it straight."

As for who will be playing at Citi Field on Tuesday, FOXSports.com and SI.com report the Mets and Royals may be discussing a multiplayer swap of bad contracts. Both sites report the Royals have interest in right fielder Jeff Francoeur, and that he could be packaged with left-hander Oliver Perez and second baseman Luis Castillo for right-handers Gil Meche and Kyle Farnsworth and right fielder Jose Guillen.

FOX adds the deal might not be a straight 3-for-3 swap and not all of the players being mentioned may be included in the deal. In fact, the New York Daily News reports Kansas City might be interested in Francoeur only if it ships out Guillen in a separate trade to another team.

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