Mets Free Agents: Predicting who goes and who comes back for 2021

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 08: Wilson Ramos #40 of the New York Mets in action against the Houston Astros during a spring training baseball game at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

What does the future hold for this upcoming New York Mets free agents? We make some way too early predictions.

Regardless of what happens with the 2020 MLB season, the New York Mets are going to have a boatload of free agents next winter. From behind the plate, to the mound, to the outfield, and to the IL, there’s a man on an expiring contract getting paid by this team.

Plenty can change between now and next winter. An unexpectedly awesome year from one of these free agents could lead to a change in opinion. Maybe an excellent year even ups the expected salary and he slips away from the club a little easier.

To keep things simple, we’ll only dive into the guys who could have significant time on the big league roster. So if you came here for Erasmo Ramirez content, look elsewhere.

Wilson Ramos

Let’s talk Wilson Ramos. Although he’s not an official free agent at the end of 2020, there is a team option on his contract. After seeing what he did for the club in 2019, I’m prone to believe the Mets pick it up and bring him back for another year.

The Mets could always get adventurous and target someone like J.T. Realmuto in free agency next winter. However, I think he ends up staying in Philadelphia. In case you haven’t noticed, the former clients Van Wagenen has brought in are all well past their prime and not the best at their position like him.

This isn’t a cause for alarm. Ramos’ last year with the Mets will happen in 2021. By that point, he’ll be nearer to the twilight of his career when we begin to see an obvious decline.

Ramos will have a job in baseball after leaving the Mets, but it may be as a part-timer with a left-handed hitting catcher taking on a large number of starts. As far as the orange and blue should be concerned, they only need to worry about what he can give them in 2020 and 2021.

I believe the Buffalo has something left to offer and the Mets realize it, too.

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