Unfortunately, it looks like the New York Mets season is coming to an abrupt end. Because of this, Steve Cohen’s next big task is resigning key players. As the Mets transition into the offseason, they need to determine what players are worth bringing back, and what players need to let go. In this article, I’ll give my take on who should stay, and who should go.
Without a doubt, Marcus Stroman needs to be brought back. When Jacob deGrom was out, Stroman proved to be the best pitcher on the roster. He was a solid Ace in deGrom’s absence and kept the Mets in games. As a ground ball pitcher, it is easy to ignore his dominance on the season. Stroman leads the MLB with 31 starts this year and has a 2.88 ERA in those starts.
Additionally, Stroman is tied with Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler for most starts with 2 or fewer earned runs allowed (23). Stroman has a 1.118 WHIP to compliment his 2.65 FIP. While he only has 151 strikeouts on the year, Stroman has clearly learned how to get outs and keep the Mets in ballgames. Because of that, the Mets need to resign Marcus Stroman this offseason.
Unfortunately, it looks like it’s time for the Mets to part ways with Conforto. As the season was approaching, Mets fans were all ecstatic to see what Conforto could do in a contract year. And, unfortunately, the answer is not a lot. Conforto only mustered 12 home runs and a .225 BA average in 114 games this season. This is the second-lowest BA Conforto has had in his career. Not to mention, this is tied for the least amount of home runs he has hit in a season where he’s played more than 100 games. These aren’t numbers that make a team eager to resign a player.
Additionally, Scott Boras is Conforto’s agent. Anyone who knows of Boras knows he’s a super agent notorious for getting his players big contracts. Because of this, it’s very likely that Conforto will hit the open market in hopes of securing a big contract. Also, the outfield free-agent class is relatively thin this year. Others in the market include Starling Marte, Charlie Blackmon, and Nick Castellanos. This means teams might overpay for a guy like Conforto so they can fill a hole on their team.
Another obvious one, Loup must be resigned. As a late-inning reliever, Loup has been a dominant left-hander. This reliever is sporting a .892 WHIP with 53 strikeouts in 52.2 innings pitched. It’s hard to argue Loups’s season is a fluke, as this is the third consecutive year he’s sported a sub 1.00 WHIP. Relievers with those numbers are extremely valuable, making it crucial that the Mets resign Loup.
This 33-year-old continues to age like a fine wine with a 1.00 ERA, 2.36 FIP, and a 2.5 WAR on the season. There isn’t much to say when it comes to Loup. He has been efficient and effective on the season, only giving up two extra-base hits to lefties this year and one homer overall. Hopefully, the front office won’t overthink this. Resign Loup, it’s that simple.
Javy Baez is someone I would strongly encourage bringing back. The only reason I have some hesitation behind my answer is because of the reports earlier this season that he would like a 200 million dollar contract. If the Mets can negotiate with Baez and get those numbers down, it’s an easy decision.
What many fans fail to recognize, is that Baez has had a season similar to the one Yoenis Cespedes had in 2015. The difference is, in 2015 the rest of the Mets offense had good situational hitting. In 2015, Cespedes had 15 homers while slashing .287/.337/.604 (BA/OBP/SLG). Similarly, Javy has launched 9 homers with a .305/.381/.565 line. Not to mention, Baez has put up these numbers in only 37 games while Cespedes had 57. Everyone demanded that Yo be signed after the 2015 season. Now, fans should act the same way for Javier.
Noah Syndergaard is another player who needs to be brought back. Unfortunately, he was unable to get on the mound this season after having Tommy John surgery. However, all fans know he is an elite starter when healthy. His 6-foot 6-inch frame allows him to hit triple digits with his powerful fastball.
Because of Syndergaard’s lengthy absence, resigning him may not be very hard. The Mets will be able to give Thor a qualifying offer this offseason.
Doctors advised him not to throw his slider or curveball for the rest of the 2021 season to avoid another setback. Because of this, teams in free agency may be hesitant to throw him big money, as they haven’t seen his breaking ball in two years. Among other things, Syndergaard has been vocal in the media about his hopes to stay in Queens. Because of this, the Mets should resign Noah Syndergaard.