3 free agents the Mets let walk having a good year, 2 failing miserably

The Mets made the right call letting a couple free agents walk, but have watched three others have good years
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The New York Mets had an impossible task following a 101-win season. They had to find a way to build a roster that topped what last year's team did despite a large chunk of it hitting free agency. Two of the three starters who started postseason games last season hit free agency while pretty much the entire bullpen outside of Drew Smith did as well. That doesn't even include Brandon Nimmo who was the best center fielder on the market.

The Mets did what most felt like an admirable job, landing guys like Justin Verlander, Kodai Senga, David Robertson, among many others to replace those who departed. Unfortunately, the Mets wound up being massive sellers at the deadline and will, barring an absurd turnaround, miss the postseason.

It's fair to wonder what this Mets team would've done if they were able to just run things back. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be. What we can do is keep tabs on those who departed and wonder if they would've helped the Mets out based on their 2023 performances. The Mets made the right call letting some walk while others have proven them wrong more than halfway through the campaign.

Former NY Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt has had a good year for the Toronto Blue Jays

A lot of Mets fans definitely took what Chris Bassitt did in his only season in New York for granted. The right-hander took the ball every fifth day and barring only a couple of exceptions, kept the Mets in games and gave them consistent length. There's a reason the Mets went 20-10 in his starts. Bassitt had a 3.42 ERA in 181.2 innings pitched. He had a great year.

Unfortunately, things didn't end well for Bassitt in his last couple of starts and he departed for Toronto. His overall numbers don't appear to be quite the same because of three awful outings, but Bassitt has, for the most part, been his normal consistent self for the Jays.

The right-hander has a 4.00 ERA in 23 starts and 132.2 innings pitched. Kodai Senga leads the Mets with 20 starts and 110.2 innings pitched, and that's with him pitching every sixth day for most of the season. Availability and consistency have been issues all year with the Mets, and Bassitt provides that.

Bassitt has gone at least six innings 15 times this season. He's allowed three runs or fewer 17 times this season. The Mets record is quite good when their starters go six innings allowing three runs or fewer, and Bassitt does it consistently.