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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 8, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Robert Gsellman (65) pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Mets non-tender candidate Robert Gsellman

Robert Gsellman is someone Mets fans are much more familiar with than Heredia. He has been with the club since 2016. This past season could potentially be his last calling Citi Field home.

The projected salary arbitration for him is $1.2-1.4 million. It’s not much at all for a pitcher that can come into the game as a starter or reliever. However, given his poor performance, I’m not so sure he’s worth even keeping around on the roster.

Gsellman showed promise early on in his career. Like many Mets pitchers in 2016, he was fantastic.

In the years since Gsellman has settled into more of a relief role. He started off pitching well in 2018 but eventually saw his numbers decline. He finished the year with a 4.28 ERA which isn’t bad but it’s also not very good.

Ideally, I would keep Gsellman around as the mop-up man out of the bullpen. When the Mets are getting blown out, he’s a good candidate to give them three or four innings. He could even give them a frame or two in games where they are way ahead of the other team.

Finally, Gsellman could give the Mets an arm to start in an emergency situation. I wouldn’t be too confident in his abilities. At least it’s better than some of the other options we have seen take the mound for the Mets in recent years.

If MLB Trade Rumors’ prediction is accurate, I do think Gsellman stays with the club in 2021. He’s not hurting the payroll and still has some youth on his side to maybe develop further. He’ll need some of the coaching staff to vouch on his behalf, though.

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