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New York Mets non-tender candidates to watch for this winter

Sep 22, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Guillermo Heredia (15) celebrates his solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays with second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets center fielder Guillermo Heredia (15) celebrates his solo home run against the Tampa Bay Rays with second baseman Robinson Cano (24) and right fielder Jeff McNeil (6) during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 27, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets center fielder Guillermo Heredia (15) attempts to catch a fly ball by Washington Nationals second baseman Brock Holt (not pictured) in the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Out of all of the arbitration-eligible players on the New York Mets, three stand out the most as possible non-tender candidates. Who are they and why would the team move on?

Many expect this year to future plenty of players non-tendered by their clubs. Due to the financial impact of not having fans in the stands and just 60 games of regular season baseball on television, lots of teams are hurting. The New York Mets should not be affected by this because of the incoming ownership of Steve Cohen.

Still, the club has three non-tender candidates on their roster. These are guys under team control through the salary arbitration process about to make a few dollars more than they probably deserve.

Using the projections by MLB Trade Rumors for the 2021 salaries, these three Mets stand out as the most obvious non-tender candidates on the roster.

Mets non-tender candidate Guillermo Heredia

MLB Trade Rumors expects Guillermo Heredia to earn anywhere from $1.3-1.5 million in 2021. I don’t think money is necessarily the problem in his case. Instead, the focal point is how much the Mets really need him or not.

Heredia did okay in his seven games for the team in 2020. He slashed .235/.278/.588 in 18 plate appearances. Heredia even knocked a pair of home runs.

As a fifth outfielder candidate, Heredia can work on some ball clubs. However, with the Mets, I would appreciate it if they upgraded a little more.

Set to turn 30 in January, Heredia isn’t a developing young player that just needs more time. He has been around the league for years and isn’t going to suddenly stumble upon greatness. He fits in well as one of the last men on a bench. With higher hopes for the 2021 Mets, I think they can put his arbitration money to better use. More important, his roster spot can be upgraded.

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