The New York Mets have a good number of players set to hit free agency this offseason. As the case always is with any team, some return and some go.
The free agent class of 2021-2022 is a hefty one with some longtime Mets set to hit the open market. Speculated upon last winter already, there are plenty of guys fans would like to see stay a few more years.
A lot can happen between now and the start of the free agency period. Management’s opinion on a particular player could change drastically. The players could also have a different viewpoint of where they want to land.
From all of the guys with the potential to hit the open market, these are the three I’m predicting come back to the Mets in 2022.
Aaron Loup says he wants to stay with the Mets and I believe him
What else would Aaron Loup say other than he wants to return to the Mets? As stated by the talented lefty reliever already, he gave us a piece of good news about his future in baseball. True or not, the ball is in the front office’s court to get a deal done once the hot stove begins to heat up.
Loup has been terrific for the Mets this year. Signed to just a one-year contract this past offseason, you could say he was the best free agent relief pitcher the club has ever brought in—aside from Billy Wagner.
I don’t think anyone should expect Loup to replicate his 2021 season ever again. This will go down as one of the best performances any pitcher has ever given the Mets.
Even if things can only go downhill for Loup, he’s worth at least another year—maybe two. I predict he gets a pair of years for his strong showing this year.