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NY Mets: Top 12 free agents the team should look to sign this winter

Sep 29, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets right fielder Michael Conforto (30) and starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walk to the dugout before a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

10) NY Mets free agent target Carlos Rodon

Most assuredly about to get a qualifying offer from the Chicago White Sox, the chances of the Mets sacrificing their second-round draft pick in order to make Carlos Rodon a member of their 2022 roster is slim. I can’t blame them. He hasn’t exactly put together the greatest of resumes.

Rodon is a player you sign with the expectation that he gets even better. In 2021, he was 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA. He would have been a far more serious contender for some league-leading statistics if he was able to make more than 24 starts.

With a strikeout rate of 12.6 per nine innings, Rodon showed he can probably succeed in just about any environment. The 28-year-old lefty excelled well above anyone’s expectations. If the market passes him by, he’s a guy the Mets should definitely consider looking at.

Rodon’s biggest issue might be how limited he has been since his MLB debut in 2015. His season-high for innings pitched is only 165. The trouble with signing him might be how quickly he could run out of gas. We might see a repeat of what happened to Taijuan Walker in 2021.

I’ll remain optimistic about Rodon’s future. If the Mets sign him, I won’t complain.

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