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

They need to sign eventually, right?

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5) Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario may need to first see Tim Anderson sign before he gets his gig. It has been a long, strange trip for Rosario since leaving the Mets. Traded to Cleveland as part of the package for Francisco Lindor, he actually put together two decent and very identical years with the Guardians. They tried using him in the outfield at times. Shortstop remained his primary position.

Rosario received a bit of a blast from the past in 2023 when the Guardians traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers for ex-teammate Noah Syndergaard. The Dodgers used him at second base more. Career defensive numbers seem to suggest he’d be better there anyway.

Suitors for Rosario do exist. It’s just a matter of coming to terms on a deal. His pedestrian numbers from last year didn’t do him too many favors, slashing .263/.305/.378 overall. Still, an infielder who hit over .280 in 2021 and 2022 is appealing especially when he does have some pretty speed.

The time Rosario spent with the Mets seemed over in the blink of an eye. It came post-playoff run and before they got Lindor—obviously. Often finding himself among the top prospects in MLB, he never reached the pinnacle of where the experts thought he could. He’ll have a major league contract this year, but maybe not at the price or length he’s hoping to receive.