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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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Jul 25, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Steven Matz (32) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Mets non-tender candidate Steven Matz

Last but not least we have the biggest name on this list, Steven Matz. What the club does with him this winter and possibly next year intrigues me. They can non-tender him and eliminate all of those future decisions.

Or they could bring Matz back and try to see what role is best for him.

Matz is expected to make $5-5.3 million in 2021. It’s a lot more than he showed he’s worth in 2020. Unless the team actually wants to use him as a starting pitcher or has faith in him as a reliever, I’m not sure he’s worth nearly that much.

Matz was dreadful this past year. In six starts and three relief appearances, the longtime Mets lefty was 0-5 with a 9.68 ERA. This year was his chance to step up and really provide the Mets with some good starts. I’m not sure things could have gone worse.

Nearing 30, the Mets need to realize Matz is never going to become the stud starter they once believed he could become—at least not with them. There’s always the possibility weighing that he figures it out somewhere else. That’s out of their control, though. If he gives them the Travis d’Arnaud treatment, he’s going to do it regardless if he’s back in 2021 or not.

The only hope we have of seeing Matz return to the club in 2021 is if they have faith he can pitch well as a reliever. He hasn’t shown it and I’m not confident he can make the transition in such a short period of time.

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Given the choice between Matz in relief and a $5 million per year experienced reliever, I’ll take the latter.

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