5 former Mets players still without a job with spring training games approaching

They need to sign eventually, right?

New York Mets v Houston Astros
New York Mets v Houston Astros / Carmen Mandato/GettyImages
3 of 5

3) Aaron Loup

Aaron Loup’s one year with the Mets was good enough where he’d never have to buy another beer in this city. We already know Busch Light is his drink of choice.

Loup was a member of the 2021 Mets whose status in our memory went from a gleeful and fun group to one that haunts us in more ways than one. Loup was a part of the fun of the season. Even as the team faded in the final two months, he remained his usual productive self. 

Going 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA landed him a cushy two-year deal worth $15 million with the Los Angeles Angels. He wasn’t nearly as good there. He went 0-5 with a 3.84 ERA in year one. In 2023, Loup found himself pitching to a 6.10 ERA for an Angela club that somehow managed to have an even more epic collapse than the year prior.

Loup is a free agent and last year’s numbers coupled with his age don’t bode too well for a major league deal. The only hope he may have is if someone views him the same way the Mets did with Jorge Lopez. It wasn’t long ago when Loup was a fantastic reliever. In the right situation, could he thrive again?