The Mets are working on a deal to make Chili Davis their next hitting coach.
Davis, 58, is the Mets top choice but a deal is not yet done, sources tell SNY’s Andy Martino.
Davis was most recently the Cubs hitting coach in 2018 and spent three seasons with the A’s and three seasons with the Red Sox as their hitting coach.
He was relieved of his duties by the Cubs after one season when there was a noticeable slide in production. The Cubs went from leading the majors with a .771 .OPS at the All-Star break to finishing the season 10th at .705 and hit 249/.316/.389 post-All-Star break.
Davis said he needed to do a better job communicating with “millenial players.”
“I guess I need to make some adjustments in the way I deliver my messages to millenial players now,” he told Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times following his firing. “I need to make those adjustments for the next job I get, if there is one.”
However, there were some positives during his time with the Cubs.
Ben Zobrist had a bounce-back year, hitting .305/.378/.440 — up from his .232/.318/.375 slashline from 2017 — and Javier Baez had a career year that resulted in a runner-up finish in the NL MVP race.
Davis spent 19 seasons in the majors as a switch-hitting outfielder, playing with the Giants, Angels, Twins, Royals and Yankees.
He replaces Pat Roessler, who was not retained after the team finished in the bottom third of the majors in batting average (.234), on-base percentage (.312) and slugging percentage (.389).