Several New York area media outlets reported Thursday that investigators from the NYPD and Major League Baseball were at the team's Florida spring training site, talking with current and former players about the activities of Charlie Samuels.
While the larger concerns in the case seem to be over Samuels' possible involvement in organized gambling, part of the probe involves the loss of team property, including game-used items.
In late October of last year, Mets officials took an inventory of his office at Citi Field in New York and found items belonging to past and present players as well as memorabilia.
"This decision is the result of a thorough internal investigation over the course of several months," the Mets stated in the brief news release upon suspending him without pay.
Samuels is under investigation by a grand jury, according to the New York Daily News, which spoke to sources about the case. Its investigative team filed this report from Port St. Lucie.