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Non-Tendered Free Agents Mets Could Pursue

With the non-tender deadline having passed, the MLB free agent pool has been expanded. These non-tendered players are free agents for a multitude of reasons, but that does not mean they can’t help anyone. In fact, here are six players who could help the Mets in 2018:

1B Matt Adams

2017 Stats: 131 G, 367 PA, 339 AB, 46 R, 93 H, 22 2B, 3B, 20 HR, 65 RBI, .274/.319/.522

After struggling to start the year in St. Louis, the Braves took a flyer on him after the Freddie Freeman injury. He played well enough that the Braves dabbled with Freeman at third base. 

Adams is a good defensive first baseman, and he appeared in 19 games in left playing poorly.  

If the Mets want a cheap insurance option for Dominic Smith, Adams would be a good choice as with his splits against left and right handed pitchers, he’d be an excellent platoon partner with Wilmer Flores

LHP Xavier Cedeno

2017 Stats 1-1, 12.00 ERA, 9 G, 3.0 IP, 3.667 WHIP, 12.0 BB/9, 0.0 K/9

While it was a poor injury plagued year for Cedeno, the left-handed reliever has limited left-handed batters to a .226/.286/.299 batting line in his career. If he’s healthy, he could be the second lefty in the pen, which would allow the Mets to ease Jerry Blevins workload. 

RHP Mike Fiers

2017 Stats: 8-10, 5.22 ERA, 29 G, 28 GS, 153.1 IP, 1.428 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 8.6 K/9

Fiers was not the same pitcher in Houston he was in Milwaukee, which is interesting because he has not lost his stuff. There may still be hope for him to be the middle to back end of the rotation starter he was in Milwaukee. In an 11 start stretch this season, he was 6-3 with a 2.63 ERA and a 1.108 WHIP. If he can find a way to get back to that, he will be a real find for his new team. 

RHP Jared Hughes 

2017 Stats: 5-3, 3.02 ERA, 67 G, SV, 59.2 IP, 1.223 WHIP, 3.6 BB/9, 7.2 K/9

Hughes is a bit of a surprise non-tender as he’s coming off a career best year, which was largely driven by an increase in his fastball velocity. The caution with him is he’s a ROOGY as left-handed batters hit .282/.363/.549 off him this year. 

RHP Bruce Rondon

2017 Stats: 1-3, 10.91 ERA, 21 G, SV, 15.2 IP, 1.979 WHIP, 5.7 BB/9, 12.6 K/9

The Tigers finally gave up on a pitcher who had tons of potential but questionable work ethic. If a team can reach through to him, like a Mets team who have a couple of pitching gurus, they may find themselves with a shut down reliever.

RHP Hector Rondon

2017 Stats: 4-1, 4.24 ERA, 61 G, 57.1 IP, 1.221 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 10.8 K/9

Rondon has a big arm, and he’s posted big strikeout numbers in his career. He’s coming off a down year which was largely fueled by a big jump in his walk rate. Likely, his being non-tendered had as much to do with his down year as the Cubs not wanting to pay over $6 million for a set-up guy. The Cubs loss is going to be another team’s gain. 


6 thoughts on “Non-Tendered Free Agents Mets Could Pursue”

  1. Gothamist says:

    Great research!

    My take:

    No, I would sign ADAMS if he was a righty or if SMITH was traded.

    SPLIT CONTRACTS ONLY:

    CEDENO looks the most intriguing yet the CAREER WAR is curious.

    SANDY will never visit FIERS, the HR rate is astronomical.

    HUGHES – Like Cedeno I love the low HR rate but the BB rate scares me. Who needs an innng guy who consistently over the years walks more than one each inning?

    B. RONDON – BB rate?
    H. RONDON – HR rate?

    DO you have access to HOLD stats?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I do, but I find the hold stat to be even less reliable than the save stat. As such, I don’t typically incorporate it in my analysis.

  2. Gothamist says:

    My analysis:

    Trade for

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/split.fcgi?id=villajo01&year=Career&t=b

    I like him at leadoff, seventh, ninth, playing three positions, has speed and though a small sample outstanding PH stats.

    Too bad he is entering arb and FA years and deserves to start every game.

    I like that he hits in the dog days of AUGUST and hits for power on the road!
    When they won, he hit well…

    Trade chronically injured Juan Lagares for a four outfielder role does not suit him.
    Sign Terrance Gore snd Jay Bruce

    Gore as a fourth has a glove, arm and seemingly blazing speed….

    Yet I only found out about so little about him for the first time 30 seconds ago….

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Coming off the season he came off of, I wouldn’t prioritize him, nor would I definitively say he’s better than internal options like TJ or Flores

  3. Gothamist says:

    If he was a vet, past prime earning years….

    More speed
    More range
    Hits lefties equal to righties

    Strictly thinking as a roving starter/sub/PH/late inning replacement on a team that is heading into the season strong… where he can handle not starting most of the time…

    alternatively… IF he was AVAIL AS A FA I would PREFER HIM over the others AT 2nd

    then….

    I WOULD TRADE FLORES FIRST before TJ

    1. metsdaddy says:

      The caveat to TJ is he’s coming off TJ surgery

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