The New York Mets are going to have another very eventful offseason with several players scheduled to hit free agency. Guys like Jacob deGrom and Edwin Diaz are no-brainers to return in my eyes.
It's also interesting because several key players including Pete Alonso and Jeff McNeil will be entering their second arbitration year. This means they are one year closer to free agency, so the Mets should really start talking about an extension with at least one of those players.
While most players eligible for arbitration will receive a contract, there are three players who I don't think will be tendered a contract for the 2023 season.
1) NY Mets offseason non-tender candidate: Sean Reid-Foley
Sean Reid-Foley looked like he might be a solid piece in the Mets bullpen at one point. He was acquired in the Steven Matz trade prior to the 2021 campaign and looked good, allowing four earned runs in his first 15.2 innings pitched.
Reid-Foley was honestly solid for the most part outside of two outings where he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in just two innings combined. This caused his season ERA to balloon to 5.23 when he really pitched better than that number shows.
Unfortunately, Reid-Foley dealt with right elbow inflammation and did not appear in another major league game after June 30th.
The right hander bounced back and made the Opening Day roster this season for the Mets. He wasn't very effective out of the bullpen but the fact that he was out of options saved him from being sent down.
At the end of April, Reid-Foley was diagnosed with a partially torn UCL and underwent Tommy John Surgery. This knocked him out for this season and he will almost certainly miss part of or all of next season.
With that in mind, Reid-Foley enters his second arbitration year. He does have some promise but with the Mets intending to compete, I don't think a healthy Reid-Foley should be on the team. Reid-Foley off of Tommy John surgery seems like a prime non-tender candidate.