This past Friday, the Mets tendered contracts to all nine of their arbitration eligible players, including Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Jeurys Familia.
However, 26 players across baseball were not tendered deals, which officially makes them free agents.
To see the full list of players, check out this post from MLB Trade Rumors.
The four players that got my attention, given Sandy Alderson's needs include relievers Jared Hughes and Hector Rondon, starting pitcher Mike Fiers, and 1B Matt Adams.
Last week, I mentioned here that Adams should have been getting the attention of several front offices, including the Mets. Now that he's a free agent, we'll now see if there's a fit.
To me, Adams is only a deep fall-back option for a first-base, outfield platoon, but only after a variety of other options didn't pan out.
Hughes and Rondon, on the other hand, should get a legit look.
Rondon, who still throws hard, has dropped off a bit since being a dominant closer two years ago. My hunch is he suffered a bit, pitching deep into back-to-back postseasons, plus had to fight back from an injury. Nevertheless, despite the workload, he's continued striking guys out, getting ground balls, and making at least 50 appearances during each of the last four seasons. The point is, he knows how to grind things out and get through even if he doesn't have his best stuff, which would be extra valuable in Alderson's current bullpen.
He had likely been set to earn $6-7 million in arbitration had he been tendered a deal. I am not sure what that has to say about his demands as a free agent. But, my feel is he'd be good to go with a one or two-year deal in that same price range, depending on his market and when he inks a contract.
I see a similar range for Hughes, who is also a strong fit for the Mets...
Hughes, 32, is a groundball machine. As MLBTR pointed out last week, Hughes is similar in style to free agent Brandon Kintzler, who the Mets reportedly have interest in signing. Similar to Rondon, Hughes is reliable, gets ground balls and is seeing an increase in strike outs as batters get more aggressive across the game.
Fiers, 32, is also someone that could pique Alderson's interest, if for no other reason than he has spent the last two years with the Astros. In five years, he has thrown 694 1/3 innings and has a 4.15 ERA. His outlier is last season, which makes being arbitration eligible at around $6 million poor timing. However, if he inks a one-year deal some place, he'll be a useful back-end rotation bargain if he can prove last season was just a hiccup. The Mets are reportedly in the market for this type of pitcher, though it's low on Alderson's list of priorities.
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