The New York Mets announced on Wednesday that Rick Peterson has agreed to become the teams next pitching coach. He has spent the last five seasons with the Oakland Athletics, five of which were under Art Howe, and now will begin the process of trying to improve the Mets on the mound; a staff than ranked 18th in baseball with a 4.48 ERA last season.
Negotiations first began in early October with the New Jersey native, but the organization was in the process of naming a general manager and the move was delayed.
"It could have been done sooner if their agenda wasn't as long as what it was," Peterson said to the Bergen Record. "I think as much as anything else, I wasn't the only issue. There's so much on their plate."
The A's have ranked within the top three in ERA, in the majors, over the past four seasons.