Cyber Monday is for consumers to score valuable discount deals. In that light, who from the Mets' roster are their best discount deals?
Thor is severely underpaid due to the team-friendly years at the onset of a baseball player's career, making him an obvious choice here. Syndergaard made just $605,000 last season, a fraction more than reliever Josh Smoker, and is under team control through arbitration until 2022.
A partially torn lat muscle limited Syndergaard to just seven starts last season, but he had picked up just where he left out in 2016. That year, he pitched 183 innings with a dominating 218 strikeouts and an ERA of just 2.6. That kind of return on his meager contract is immensely valuable, especially to a team that paid David Wright $20 million last season and is on the hook for two more years and $27 million.
In a similar situation as Syndergaard, deGrom was paid just $4 million last season. Better off than his blonde teammate, but still well under market value. DeGrom will hit arbitation again this offseason.
DeGrom was a constant in the Mets horror season and the rare Mets' pitcher that (largely) escaped injury. The 29-year-old led the team in innings pitched with 201. Second place? Robert Gsellman, with a distant 119 IP. DeGrom poured in 239 strikeouts with a 3.53 ERA.
Next season, the Mets will look to lean on deGrom again and hope for better health from Syndergaard, Steven Matz and the rest.
Notice a trend here? Even the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Cubs, with a seemingly unlimited payroll, relied on contributions from young, inexpensive talent. The Mets are no different.
Conforto made even less than Syndergaard did in 2017, earning just $554,900, and isn't even arbritration eligible until after next season.
Despite coming into 2017 without a defined role, it wasn't long before Conforto was in the starting lineup and firing. The 24-year-old made his first all-star game and fully broke out with 27 HR, 69 RBI and a .279 BA. Like many other Mets, Conforto lost a significant amount of time to injury, and was limited to 373 at-bats.
Finally, someone not in the early portion of their career.
The great space race in MLB of recent years is to form super bullpens. The vanguards of this strategy have been the Indians, Royals, Yankees, and Astros, all of which have enjoyed postseason success in recent years. The Mets are reportedly interested in a similar strategy next season.
Ramos would be a fine piece in any bullpen. He was paid just $6.5 million last season and is arbitration eligible this off-season and will likely be given a similar figure.
The Mets acquired Ramos in a trade with the Miami Marlins before the trade deadline last season. The 31-year-old is just one year removed from making the All-Star game amid a career year where he posted a 2.81 era across 64 innings with 73 strikeouts and 40 saves.
Ramos wasn't stellar with the Mets after being acquired last season, with a 4.74 era in a small sample size of 19 innings, but there's no reason to think he won't return to the form he's shown over his six-year major league career.