According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, 17 Mets minor leaguers are now free agents. Writes Eddy:
First-round picks from the 2007 draft who aren’t on 40-man rosters qualify for minor league free agency for the first time this offseason…each of these players are no longer bound to their organization by contract renewals—the Uniform Player Contract grants six renewal years—and have no successor contract in place for 2014.
The Mets minor leaguers who are now free agents are…
RHP Giancarlo Alvarado, RHP Greg Burke, RHP Matt Fox, RHP D.J. Mitchell, RHP Daryl Thompson, RHP Cory Wade, LHP Justin Hampson, C Francisco Pena, SS Brian Bixler, SS Brandon Hicks, and OF Jamie Hoffmann.
Of the 17 Mets minor leaguers who are now free agents, the names that jump out are Greg Burke and Francisco Pena.
Burke only jumps out because of the report that the Mets are interested in re-signing him.
Pena, who just turned 24, is someone the Mets should have interest in keeping. He was once viewed as a potential starting catcher in the big leagues, but it would be stunning if he wound up as anything more than a backup – if he is able to make the majors and stick. Still, there’s some potential value there.