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NY Mets: Options to replace New York’s big free agents in 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 28, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Marlins 5-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Marcus Stroman #0 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 28, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Marlins 5-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK – APRIL 07: The home run apple is seen before the New York Mets play the Florida Marlins on April 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The New York Mets offseason has officially begun, and this one looks to be one of the most eventful in recent history, with may big decisions to make as we begin the road to the 2022 MLB season.

As of now, the Mets are still searching for a new President of Baseball Operations to help run the team, as well as a new manager for their major league club.

However, arguably what’s most important to any baseball team is its quality of players, and the Mets need to deal with addressing each of their pending free agent’s futures with the team.

The Mets have several major players set to become free agents this off-season, many for the first time in their careers, and only a limited window to sign them to a new contract before they hit the open markets.

Specifically, the Mets have four “big names” who’s status with the franchise will need to be addressed in the not too distant future. These four players in question are pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman, infielder Javier Baez and outfielder Michael Conforto.

While in an ideal world the Mets would be able to retain some of if not all of these players, there are several factors that need to be considered when offering players new contracts, such as the salary amount, length of the deal, the player’s past performance, age, and injury status.

With that being said, the truth in baseball is that there is no guarantee that the Mets will be able to resign any of these players, or that they necessarily desire to given the free agent market in the MLB.

As such, the Mets need to be prepared to find potential replacements for their big free agents for the 2022 season

New York could have alternate options already in the organization, either at the major league level or in the minors to fill these players’ positions, or look to free agency to find replacements to round out the roster.

Focusing specifically on the needs the Mets could have for starting pitching, as well as a starting infielder and corner outfielder, here are a few options for each that New York could pursue this offseason if the need arises.

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