Here’s some breaking news: every single upcoming New York Mets free agent wants to return next year. Aaron Loup. Jeurys Familia. Javier Baez. The list goes on. Whenever asked about their future with the club, each has given the same candid and expected response regarding an interest and willingness to come back in 2022. They want to.
Is it news though? What else are they going to say? You don’t burn bridges now. That’s for when you are desperate for money and a book publisher comes to you long after retirement.
We’ve reached the point of the Mets season where the scores matter less than the points in Whose Line Is It Anyway? These final games have little meaning to the fans but will have an effect on the future of many players. Most notably, the large number of upcoming free agents could have their futures partly determined by how they finish this year.
Do the Mets free agents actually want to be back in Flushing next year?
If you want an honest answer about how the Mets free agents feel, you’re not going to get it. Although, I would imagine most of them would be open to a new deal with the club. It’s a job for them. If the team is willing to meet their asking price, they’re going to take a new contract. The city they play in and the team they represent don’t matter if the pay is the best.
The most softball of questions—slow pitch version, not that incredibly difficult fast-pitch one where everyone throws no-hitters—come to major league players this time of year in regards to how they feel about their time with the organization. Outside of a few examples where players have a reason to be disgruntled, many often say what you would expect them to.
Baez, whether he has enjoyed his time with the Mets or not, knows better than to nix the idea of coming back. What if, suddenly, the market for him dries up and only the Mets are left standing with a need to add him?
Others who may simply be tired of New York or have a desire to play in another city closer to their childhood home will bite their lips when it comes to speaking truth. They can’t speak openly about their future just yet. First of all, it’s tacky to say bad things about your current employer. Secondly, it’s dumb.
If we gave each of the Mets’ upcoming free agents some truth serum, I still do believe we’d get a lot of guys hoping to remain with the club. Moving is a pain and many of the players seem to have had enough fun this year to do it again in 2022 and beyond. There’s no truly bad blood between management and any of the players—as far as the public knows.
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To end with some future breaking news, another upcoming Mets free agent has spoken up his interest in returning to the team. Take this future news with a grain of warning track dirt.