5 Mets players who won’t be on the roster next season

The Mets roster will have a different look in 2024.
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4) Phil Bickford will not be on the NY Mets roster next season

Most of the trades the Mets made at the deadline involved them trading some of their proven veterans in exchange for prospects. All of their trades except for one were considered to be moves made by sellers. New York made one surprising trade on deadline day, acquiring Phil Bickford and Adam Kolarek from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations.

Part of why the Mets did this was to simply get arms as they had traded relievers David Robertson and Dominic Leone, but the Mets also clearly liked something about these two arms in particular. Kolarek was affective in his short Mets stint, as he allowed just two baserunners in 4.2 innings pitched before being DFA'd and scooped up by the Braves.

Bickford on the other hand, has stuck around with the Mets since the deadline and it's hard to see why. He has a 6.88 ERA in 16 appearances and 17 innings pitched. He has decent stuff, but isn't very overpowering and has had command issues.

The right-hander had a 5.14 ERA for the Dodgers this season and was ineffective in 2022 as well after a couple of solid seasons prior. Bickford is out of options and is clearly not a guy the Mets should have in their bullpen in 2024 if they have any plans on competing.