The New York Mets have a lot of free agents this offseason. Not everyone will be back. Some will price themselves out of what the team is willing to pay. Others just aren’t as great of fits for what the club will need.
While a lot of the focus this week is on the MLB trade deadline, free agency is often on the minds of fans, players, and especially agents. These four Mets free agents have performed tremendously well in 2022 and have seen their stock rise to new heights.
Brandon Nimmo didn’t make the cut as he is not having an exceptional year—just a good one. Jacob deGrom, who plans to opt out, will have to do a ton to raise his free agent stock. Questions about his health will linger until he proves otherwise.
1) NY Mets free agent Edwin Diaz has raised his stock
Nobody has raised their free agent stock more on the Mets this year than Edwin Diaz. The All-Star closer has been one of the most consistent relievers in the league. Young, fiery, and about to hit free agency at the perfect time, Diaz has the potential to get one of the biggest contracts a closer has even gotten.
Diaz is back to being one of the best closers—if not the best—in the entire sport. The word dominance doesn’t even do him justice. He’s striking batters out at historical rates.
Things have turned around for Diaz in a major way this season. Last year was good but the numbers don’t bear out nearly as strongly. This season, he passes the eye and back of the baseball card test. There are definitely a couple of relief pitcher records out there he should be able to obtain by the end of this season.
As fickle as relief pitchers can be, the best often do get paid. Securing the final three outs of a Major League Baseball game is no easy ask. His stock is getting so high that the Mets may have no choice but to make him a $100 million player.