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NY Mets Free Agent Predictions: The only 3 players returning next season

Sep 4, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Javier Baez (23) after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 4, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) celebrates with New York Mets second baseman Javier Baez (23) after defeating the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 7, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Javier Baez (23) celebrates with teammates after winning the game 9-4 against the Miami Marlins at loanDepot Park. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

What about the other Mets free agents?

There are a few other big name Mets free agents worth mentioning. I’ve left out those with arbitration years available or aren’t really impactful enough. I tend to think many of them are gone.

Marcus Stroman has done the most to raise his free agent stock. It certainly helps to be a starting pitcher in a lean market. I don’t think the Mets let him walk away; I predict someone just outbids them for his next contract. As badly as the Mets could use him, I think they spend their big money on a variety of player, not just one. I think Stroman ends up with a team like the Los Angeles Angels.

Javier Baez is yet another major case to discuss. I can’t see his relationship with the fans healing enough no matter how much water passes under the bridge despite a lot of water passing under the bridge. Another team will offer him bigger bucks to play for them. Maybe he even ends up with the Chicago Cubs again.

It should be rather easy for the Mets to let Jeurys Familia walk away. Despite his somewhat good season, expecting him to pitch well in the future is not a good idea. Let’s wish him the best in his future endeavors and be glad that 2021 was not a disaster.

I also see Rich Hill walking away from the Mets quite easily. The starting pitcher brought in at the trade deadline has pitched well for the team. However, he’s not really necessary to bring back. Hill could very well retire after this season is through.

The other two major free agents might be a little tougher to part with.

Jonathan Villar has been a godsend for the club in 2021. Convincing him to return in a part-time role would be impossible. The team could always trade J.D. Davis and open up third base duties for Villar full-time. This would be the only way to keep the well-traveled veteran infielder. I suspect it’s more likely the Mets add a bigger name third baseman and Villar signs with a lesser team to play more regularly from the start.

Finally, there’s Michael Conforto. As poorly as he has performed this year, it’s going to be tough imagining him with another organization. Conforto is Mets through and through. In good times and bad, in sickness and in health, he has worn the orange and blue with passion and by setting a nice example. In his first trip to free agency, I predict Conforto ends up with a West Coast club hoping to land a comeback player candidate. His home state Seattle Mariners are one option as are the San Francisco Giants—not too far from Washington. An abundance of teams will look at Conforto. He’ll be playing baseball in 2022 but it will not be with the Mets.

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