The New York Mets currently have two candidates eligible to receive a qualitative offer at the end of the 2021 season. They are Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, as Marcus Stroman cannot receive a second offer and Javier Baez is not. not eligible due to the transaction that brought him to the Big Apple.
And of the two, Conforto is the more likely to be offered a contract before the free agent market opens. The eligible bid for 2022 will be around $ 18.9 million.
The risk would not be too high for the Mets to bring the outfielder back into their ranks, despite a difficult season. If he does not perform as expected, he will then be able to leave for other skies in 2023.
In addition, the age of Conforto is not to be neglected in the balance, because few free agents arrive on the market before their season of 30 years, all the more in the class of voltigeurs who will become free like the air at the end of this campaign.
In the case of Syndergaard, it’s not that simple, he who hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2019 due to a Tommy John-type operation last year. It will then be necessary to weigh the pros and cons of bringing him back to Queens, the risk being much higher than in the case of Conforto.