The New York Mets will have a new look in 2024 after wrapping up one of their most disappointing seasons in franchise history. Several parts of the roster will remain the same as the Mets have an established core, but the pieces surrounding players like Francisco Lindor, Brandon Nimmo, and Kodai Senga (to name a few) will look quite different.
In order for the Mets to begin getting that new look, they have to part with players they don't envision making an impact. They already begun this process by outrighting six players off the 40-man roster including guys like Rafael Ortega, Jonathan Arauz, and Danny Mendick.
Those players leaving the franchise was rather obvious, but the Mets will have harder decisions to make in arbitration. Some of the 12 arbitration-eligible players will obviously be tendered deals for the 2024 season like Pete Alonso and David Peterson, but many of the list have their futures in limbo. These five will more likely than not be non-tendered.
1) Daniel Vogelbach
Most of the Mets fan base wants him gone, and there's a good chance Daniel Vogelbach has played in his final game with the New York Mets. He's entering the final year of control and won't see too big of a raise from the $1.5 million he earned in 2023, but Vogelbach's lack of flexibility makes him a player the Mets must part with.
For starters, Vogelbach did not play a single inning in the field with the Mets. Having the DH spot occupied by someone who cannot play the field is fine if that DH is someone like Shohei Ohtani or J.D. Martinez, but Vogelbach doesn't provide enough offensively to warrant taking up that roster spot.
Next, Vogelbach is incapable of hitting left-handed pitching. We all know he's fine against righties, but Vogelbach had just two hits in 15 at-bats all year against southpaws. He has hit at a .129 clip against lefties in his career. Everything is fine when he's in there against righties, but once a lefty comes into the game the Mets are forced to pinch hit for him.
The Mets are forced to play Vogelbach only against righties, and he must occupy the DH spot because he's incapable of playing the field. This limits their ability to put someone else at the DH spot if need be. Vogelbach only being a tick above-average offensively this season makes him a player worth almost nothing considering all of his limitations. If the Mets are unable to land Ohtani, finding someone who can contribute out of the DH spot while also playing the field and even hitting against both hands would be great.