Mets: 3 future free agents the Mets will have a real chance to sign
5-year, $90 million deal for SP Blake Snell in 2023-24
It’s never too early to plan for the future and targeting LHP Blake Snell for their rotation is something the Mets should start doing their due diligence on now.
Star left-handed pitching is a premium in the Major Leagues, and over the course of his early 5-year career, Snell has elevated his game to the top of the list for southpaws – and he’s just entering his prime.
His incredible 2018 season immediately catches the eye (31 games, 21-5 win/loss, 1.89 ERA, and 221 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .178 BA) while his other four seasons (where he averaged an ERA closer to 4.00 in an average of fewer than 20 games started per year) could understandably cause concern for those analyzing such a signing for the Mets.
Hypothetically, this is a target they can follow to see how he performs in the final three years of his current contract with the Tampa Bay Rays. Depending on where the Mets are as a team by then, a 30-year-old Snell might put their rotation over the top.
Conversely, Minnesota Twins’ starter, José Berríos is another interesting option in the 2022-23 pool of free agent pitchers. While Berríos shares the same amount of playing years in the pros as Snell, he has yet to have his breakout season.
Currently, his middling career 4.19 ERA doesn’t immediately catch the eye, but his success against batters is reflected in his above-average career 1.27 WHIP and holding batters to a career .244 BA.
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The point is: Mets fans can now get aggressive during the hot stove season. And after almost 20 years of the Wilpon’s frugal tendencies, fans deserve it!