3 Players Who Won't Be on the Mets Roster Next Season
By Larry Rupp
The New York Mets came into the 2020 season with playoff aspirations, but suffered a myriad of injuries and finished tied for last place in the NL East with a record of 26-34. The team has failed to live up to expectations over the past few seasons and it may be time to shake up the roster.
The first step in changing things around is to look at the current roster and decide who needs to stay and who need to go. With that in mind, here are three players who won't be on the Mets roster next MLB season.
1. Yoenis Cespedes, OF
Cespedes enters the free agent pool this offseason and it's in the Mets best interest to let the veteran outfielder join a different team. Cespedes made headlines this season when he opted out for the rest of the year after just a few weeks of play. Simply put, Cespedes hasn't done much for the Mets since he hit 31 homeruns back in 2016. He has battled injuries over the past couple seasons that have caused him to see little playing time on the field. If the Mets truly want to get younger and see their players develop, it would smart to not re-sign the 35-year-old Cespedes.
2. Edwin Diaz, P
The Mets are expected to be huge players in the free-agent market this offseason and trading away Edwin Diaz would be one way they can free up some money. The Mets acquired Diaz from the Seattle Mariners back in the 2018 offseason, but he has been unpredictable ever since he arrived. He struggled in 2019 with a 5.59 ERA in 58.0 innings pitched, but turned things around this past season posting a 1.75 ERA and saving 6 games for the Mets. The 26-year-old is expected to earn a raise for next season and it may be best for the Mets to get some value back for him while they still can.
3. Marcus Stroman
The Mets made a splash at the 2019 MLB trade deadline when they acquired starting pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays to bolster their starting rotation. However, Stroman opted out of playing this past season and now enters a free agent market that is sorely lacking in starting caliber pitchers. His price tag will likely become too high for the Mets as Stroman has proven to be a reliable No. 2 starter in the league. Unless Stroman receives an offer from the Mets that he cannot refuse, he won't be calling Citi Field home next season.
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