The Mets announced they have tendered contracts to every eligible player on its 40-man roster.
MLB teams had until Friday to inform their arbitration-eligible players whether they will or won't be tendered a contract next season.
Nov. 30, 2017
Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler have both been tendered contracts, according to a tweet from the NY Post's Mike Puma.
Interested teams began contacting the Mets in early November to see if were open to trading Harvey before Friday's deadline, sources recently told SNY contributor Andy Martino. However, according to Martino, the Mets were more inclined to keep their former ace.
Matthew Cerrone: There may have been a short-lived debate about whether to tender Harvey a deal that should end up paying him $5-6 million, but keeping him is the right move - if for no other reason than he would need to be replaced in the rotation with a player certain to make more money that he will. So, at that point, keeping or cutting him comes down to Sandy Alderson's belief in whether Harvey can return to form in 2018.
Personally, I believe Harvey is going to thrive this year due to a combination of him being a free agent one year from now, being a full year removed from TOS surgery, several years removed from TJ surgery, being publicly embarrassed by last season's results, and being able to hear new ideas and be motivated by pitching-centric coaches Mickey Callaway (manager) and Dave Eiland (pitching coach).
I have no idea what to expect from Wheeler. But, at an estimated $2 million and two years of team control left on his deal, keeping him is a no brainer.
Nov. 29, 2017
Harvey, Wheeler, Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, Jacob deGrom, Wilmer Flores, Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, and Hansel Robles are all eligible for arbitration, though multiple reports indicate each player will be retained.
The above nine players occupied roughly $34 million in payroll during 2017. According to arbitration estimates, they will likely combine to earn $43 million in 2018.
Matthew Cerrone: In terms of players that may be soon become free agents after being non-tendered by other organizations, I can see the Mets inquiring about Braves 1B Matt Adams, Angels 1B C.J. Cron, and Brewers 2B-3B-OF Hernán Pérez, as well as relievers Jeremy Jeffress (Brewers), Héctor Rondon, and Justin Grimm (Cubs), Mike Morin (Royals), Alex Wilson (Tigers) and Al Alburquerque (White Sox).
Adams, in particular, should get the attention of several front offices, including the Mets. According to FanRag.com's Jon Heyman, the Braves are first exploring a trade for Adams before making a final decision on whether or not to non-tender him. Similarly, in the event Jeffress, Rondon and Grim become free agents, Alderson should absolutely give each reliever a look, as well.