Mets: Best non-tendered hitters to better the Mets’ World Series odds
By Michael Calascione
Even with the non-tender deadline being a little lackluster there are still some hitters that are quite interesting for the New York Mets franchise.
Leading up to the non-tender deadline there were a lot of rumors that big-name hitters could be non-tendered due to significant losses amassed by teams due to the pandemic and not having fans during the 2020 season. The New York Mets didn’t experience this thanks to their shiny new owner, Steve Cohen.
This ended up being quite anti-climactic. Players like Kris Bryant, Gary Sanchez, and Tommy Pham were tendered contracts and the players that were not tendered a contract for 2021 were not all that spectacular compared to the expectations.
However, there were some players that potentially could help the Mets better their World Series odds and help the Mets be a better team overall.
The group of players non-tendered and added to free agency was 56 and the biggest names and best fits for the Mets are mainly pitchers but there are some hitters that are intriguing if you are Sandy Alderson and company.
One may say why would the Mets go bargain hunting in the non-tender pool, that is a Wilpon move. Well just because Steve Cohen has $14 billion doesn’t mean that he is too good for a bargain and there is also a big difference between a value bargain and a bargain.
I believe that the Mets will try to find a value bargain in the newly added hitters in free agency to try and improve the depth of the team instead of finding a cheap option to fill a big hole like the Mets have done in the past.
In the end, it is the big names that fill the seats and the little names that make you a winner.
There are three hitters among the ones non-tendered that can help the Mets in one way or another.