Many of us know the headline free agents the New York Mets should look at. After them, who are the next baseball nomads this organization should consider?
As of now, there a lot of big name free agents on the market that every contending team is looking into. It still remains unclear how far the New York Mets are willing to go toward building this team.
Young Players like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are entering free agency for the first time and the entire league is wondering where they will end up. Other names like Wilson Ramos, Yasmani Grandal, and Craig Kimbrel are one the minds of Mets fans, hoping that our new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen and the Wilpons are willing to spend some money and try to sign some big name players.
Despite this, there are plenty of players on the market who might be able to make an impact for the Mets, or any other interested teams, who are currently flying under the radar and would be much more affordable to sign.
Ervin Santana – RHP
In 2017, Ervin Santana had the best season of his career. In 33 starts, he won 16 games, pitched 211.1 innings with 5 complete games, three shutouts while posting a 3.28 ERA.
Santana was selected as an All-Star for the first time since 2008 and finished the year one of the best pitchers in the American League. Unfortunately, 2018 was not as promising a season for Santana. He only started five games for the Twins last year, over which he had an 8.03 ERA and his season was ended after getting surgery on his finger.
Despite last season, if healthy, I feel that there is a good chance Santana could still be a reliable pitcher and as the Mets often struggle with keeping their starting pitchers healthy, having depth is never a bad thing. At the very least, Santana should receive an invitation to Spring Training.