The New York Mets were seen as a World Series threat throughout the majority of the 2022 MLB season. Instead, their 101-win campaign was all for naught as their late-season collapse followed them into the playoffs, resulting in a heartbreaking loss to the San Diego Padres during the NL Wild Card Series.
Now, it's another early offseason for a Mets team that hasn't won a playoff series since 2015. Buck Showalter's squad must be better next season, which means general manager Billy Eppler must start figuring out which players will and won't be back in 2023.
Here are three New York players who likely won't be on the roster for the 2023 MLB season.
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1. Trevor May, RP
In 2021, Trevor May was one of the Mets' most trusted relievers, going 7-3 with a 3.59 ERA over 68 appearances. This year was a different story, however, as he was anything but reliable. May dealt with a slew of injuries this season, resulting in only 26 games played. Unfortunately, he wasn't effective in his appearances, yielding a 5.04 ERA and 1.44 WHIP. Although he did pitch better as the season went on, it might be time for the 33-year-old free agent to move on. Unless New York is adamant about bringing him back, don't be surprised if May is in a new uniform next season.
2. Tyler Naquin, OF
The Mets acquired outfielder Tyler Naquin (and pitcher Phil Diehl) from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for two prospects at the trade deadline. Naquin was supposed to be an important depth piece to help New York on a potential World Series run, but he failed to meet expectations. After posting a solid .749 OPS with the Reds, the 31-year-old saw that number crash to .636 with the Mets. Naquin's strikeout percentage also increased from 26.0% to 30.8% with his new team as he became borderline unplayable. As Naquin enters free agency, there isn't much incentive for New York to bring him back after his second-half shortcomings.
3. Chris Bassitt, SP
Acquired from the Oakland Athletics in March, Chris Bassitt was terrific for the Mets in the regular season. The veteran starting pitcher went 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 30 starts, providing stability in the rotation when Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer were sidelined. Bassitt's contract includes a mutual option for the 2023 season and while he's open to staying, he may want to test free agency for the first time in his career. With other free agents to worry about this winter, New York may opt to let Bassitt leave, especially if other teams drive his price tag up.
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