The following Mets have filed for free agency: Elmer Dessens, Alex Cora, Carlos Delgado, Ramon Martinez, J.J. Putz, Brian Schneider and Gary Sheffield.
Fernando Tatis is the remaining eligible player yet to file.
You probably won’t see most of these players with the Mets again next season.
The Mets decided not to pick up the $9.1 million option for Putz. That’s a good decision, because he’s always wanted to be a closer anyway and it’s just too much money to spend on a setup man.
Schneider and Sheffield are definitely gone. Schneider was a good signal caller but just has no pop in his bat any more and the Mets need an offensive catcher. Sheffield is too injury prone and will do better with an American League club who can use him as a DH.
The likeliest player to return is Cora. He served as an everyday player with all of the injuries to the Mets’ core, but he is essentially a good backup. Hopefully, his thumbs will heal in time for Spring Training. If he doesn’t get picked up in free agency, it’s a good shot you’ll see him again in a Mets uniform.
Martinez could end up competing in Spring Training but ultimately returning to Triple-A.
That leaves the biggest question of all. Whither Delgado? If the Mets can make a move to get a solid offensive outfielder, then the need for Delgado would greatly diminish.
Daniel Murphy still needs work but could serve as an everyday first baseman if needed. Another problem with Murphy is his hitting. He started strong but was exposed as being a .260 batter once he started playing every day. He needs to improve in this area in addition to the Mets getting a bigger bat elsewhere.