The non-tender deadline is Friday, with the Mets having nine arbitration-eligible players.
Among those players, six -- Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Michael Conforto, Steven Matz, and Kevin Plawecki -- are locks to be offered arbitration.
One (Rafael Montero) is a near-lock to get non-tendered, and questions swirl around the other two -- Wilmer Flores and Travis d'Arnaud.
The feeling with Flores, according to SNY's Andy Martino, is that he will be offered arbitration.
Flores, who MLBTradeRumors projects will earn $4.7 million in 2019 (up from $3.4 million in 2018) had been a serious non-tender candidate due to a number of issues, such as arthritis in his knees, the emergence of Jeff McNeil, and the presence of Jay Bruce at first base.
With Bruce and/or McNeil potentially on the way to the Mariners in a Robinson Cano/Edwin Diaz deal, it would seem to make the 27-year-old Flores a better fit. If those two remain, playing time for Flores may be hard to come by.
On d'Arnaud, Martino says the Mets don't appear to have made their final decision yet. They're working on different catcher options, with the future of d'Arnaud more up in the air than Flores.
The 29-year-old d'Arnaud, who is projected to earn $3.7 million in 2019 (up from $3.475 million in 2018) had Tommy John surgery during the season. Though the recovery time is shorter for position players than pitchers, his readiness for the beginning of the 2019 season isn't known.
Because of the above, the presence of Plawecki, and the potential of adding a starting catcher via trade or free agency, it makes sense for the Mets to consider non-tendering d'Arnaud.