The New York Mets have some big-time free agents potentially leaving Flushing after the 2021 season. Hopefully, an extension or two is done before Opening Day begins and we don’t have to go into the year wondering what’s next.
Over at MLB Trade Rumors, the site published its list of the top 10 free agents for the 2021-2022 offseason.
Among them are two Mets. Francisco Lindor ranks number one with Michael Conforto finishing in the number nine spot behind Kris Bryant and just ahead of Clayton Kershaw.
This is a huge free agent class for the Mets
MLB Trade Rumors’ list does include players with opt-outs in their contracts so Conforto may actually be higher once those players decide to stick around with their current team. Fellow Mets Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman fell into the “honorable mentions” section, showcasing just how huge this free agent class is for the Metropolitans.
Lindor is the cream of the crop among the free agents. And for good reason. He could potentially reach free agency at a younger than average age, plays a premium position at shortstop, and has a glorious resume already posted on his LinkedIn page.
Conforto isn’t nearly as notable as Lindor, but he gets a great boost because of how few top outfielders will play the 2021 season on expiring contracts. He is by far the best pending free agent that plays beyond the infield dirt and should benefit from it in his next contract.
If things go the Mets’ way, any future list like this won’t include Lindor or Conforto on it. Negotiations with Lindor for an extension are underway with a soft deadline for Opening Day.
A long-term relationship with Conforto doesn’t appear to have any actual timetable, but New York seems to have put the majority of their attention on their new shortstop and not the franchise’s longtime outfielder.
The Mets aren’t alone on this list with multiple players appearing on it. Also in the top ten are three Los Angeles Dodgers. Corey Seager (2), Trevor Bauer (3), and Clayton Kershaw (10) are all potential free agents after this upcoming season.
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The Mets can learn a thing or two from past Dodgers free agent classes. The defending champions and perennial National League pennant contenders have done an amazing job at a lot of things. First and foremost, they tend to keep their core players together as they build from within while adding around those stars whenever possible.