6) NY Mets free agent targets to pursue: Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt was traded to the Mets last offseason and things couldn't have gone much better for his first 29 starts. Bassitt was consistently great for the Mets in a season where both Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer missed significant time.
The reason I said his first 29 starts is because things went south very quickly in his final two starts of the season. Bassitt allowed four runs in 2.2 innings in the final game of the Braves series in September. That game gave the Braves the season series.
Bassitt then in his playoff start allowed three runs in four innings. He seemed to struggle with his command in each of those pressure-filled starts.
With that being said, Bassitt was a great Met and is a guy that the organization and fans should want back.
Bassitt went 15-9 with a 3.42 ERA in his 30 starts. He threw 181.2 innings which was the most on the team by far and his 30 starts led the team as well.
Bassitt completed six or more frames in all but seven of his starts and allowed three runs or fewer in all but eight of his starts.
Bassitt took the ball every fifth day and gave the Mets a chance to win most of the time. He had a $19 million dollar mutual option to ponder after the season but it's being reported that Bassitt is expected to reject it.
It'd be hard to find anyone who could fill Bassitt's shoes so the Mets should try to bring him back.