A lot of question marks already have the Mets heading to this off-season with the search of a new PBO, a new GM and a new manager. Changes on the offensive side and questions marks with a lot of their starting pitchers and how reliable is that depth.
Two big name pitchers from the Mets headed to Free Agency
Noah Syndergaard, after not pitching for two years due to his Tommy John Surgery and his setback in late May, Noah was able to recover from the surgery. He did his complete rehab that allowed to throw 2 innings, allowing 2 runs and striking out 2.
Recent reports said that Mets are expected to extend a Qualifying Offer to Syndergaard and he is expected to accept it. Syndergaard himself has said that he doesn’t see him pitching for another team and would love to stay as a Met for his career.
Thor, 29, owns a 3.32 ERA, a career K/9 of 9.7 and career FIP of 2.93 with the Mets with a bWAR of 15.9. Those are some good numbers that show his potential to bet on him for a 1 year deal with the QO of course there will be concerns about that he can stay healthy and pitch well to rebuild his value to a larger contract.
Marcus Stroman, will be the big target in this pitching free agency class. Of course you have Scherzer and Greinke headed to the free agency, but they’re in their late 30’s and are expected to sign short deals 2-3 years max. Meanwhile Stro is 30 headed to FA for the first time in his career.
StroShow, after missing the entire 2020 season due to COVID concerns came back to the Mets after accepting the Qualifying Offer to rebuild his value for the 2021 off-season. He did post career numbers in ERA with 3.02 and 2nd highest bWAR with 3.3. He’s a Ground Ball pitcher.
He won’t and he isn’t expected to strike out a lot. The team that will sign him will need a respectable infield the better the infield the better the results they will get from Stroman.
The Padres have shown interest in Stroman, per MLB trade rumors. In their preliminary talks about targets this off-season, reports also expect Stroman to sign a contract over 100 millions in whichever team he will end up playing for.
I don’t think Stroman will be pitching for the Mets for the 2022 season, considering he was their ‘’Ace’’ in the 2nd half of 2021. It should be no-brainer to bring him back but, Stro openly saying Chicago and the Cubs is a city of interest.
I can see him playing there next year. Also, you have the payroll situation for the Mets, they’re expected to blow the luxury tax but they already stand at 161 millions without adding any arbitration salaries. They still have holes to fill at Outfield, Infield, Bullpen and Pitching staff, big moves expected.
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