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3 players the Mets must DFA or non-tender this offseason

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3) NY Mets need to non-tender Terrance Gore

His middle name might actually be “non-tendered by a playoff team.” Terrance Gore is the most specialized of players in Major League Baseball. We’re all well aware of the purpose he served on the 2022 Mets. We know exactly what’s coming next.

Gore is out of minor league options so the Mets are unable to simply send him to the farm. He’d have to either stay with the team on a new deal and agree to terms while sitting on the major league roster or Eppler can do the expected and non-tender him early on this offseason.

Gore is the kind of player who will always find himself in this situation. He doesn’t hit well enough to stay on anyone’s major league roster beyond the postseason. He is speed and not much else.

There’s always a possibility we see the Mets ink Gore to yet another minor league contract and stash him in Syracuse for the 2023 season. Hardly a priority at this point, the first action to take is to thank him for his brief services then tackle some of the other more pressing decisions to make.

The missing minor league options will provide all 30 ball clubs a chance to eventually sign Gore to a minor league deal. A fascinating role player who knows the playoff hopefuls will come calling by August of next year at the absolute latest, his offseason goal should be to keep his legs limber.

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