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4 free agents who will be back next season and why

Aug 31, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts
Aug 31, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz (39) reacts / Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have a roster assembled that can win the World Series. They just took two of three and won the season series against the Dodgers who are currently the best team in baseball. They have a winning record against virtually every team in contention.

Things are looking really good in Queens, but looking past this season into the offseason, things become more interesting. There are a slew of upcoming free agents on this team including some of the best players on the roster.

Guys like Taijuan Walker and Trevor May I'm not really convinced the Mets bring back. However, there are plenty of guys the Mets can and should bring back.

1) NY Mets free agent who will be back next season: Chris Bassitt

The Mets traded for Chris Bassitt this past offseason to be a reliable third starter. Outside of a couple rough starts out west, he's been just that.

Bassitt has completed six innings or more in all but five of his 25 starts this season. He takes the ball every fifth day and gives the Mets a chance to win. That kind of consistency is unbelievable from a third starter and is very needed in a rotation that has dealt with injuries from every other Opening Day starter including major ones to the team's top two pitchers in Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.

Max Scherzer is the only member of this rotation who is guaranteed to be under contract for next season. Guys like David Peterson and Tylor Megill have team control as well but aren't guaranteed spots by any means. With that being said, the 33-year-old should be high on the Mets priority list for players to bring back.

Bassitt has a mutual option worth $19 million dollars for the 2023 season. I assume he will decline and search for a multi-year deal with the season he has had and the Mets should give it to him. A three or four year deal at around that AAV makes a lot of sense to me.

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