The Mets must immediately begin to strategize their off-season, plan for 2016
The Mets may have lost the World Series a few hours ago, but all that means is the Mets and the front office will go back to work in an effort to ensure they are on the other side of the celebration they witnesses in their home ballpark a year from now.
All non-free agents and free agents who do not sign file for free agency currently on the 60-day disabled list must be activated and placed on the 25-man active roster today.
Buddy Carlyle, Zack Wheeler, Josh Edgin, Rafael Montero, Jack Leathersich, Wilfredo Tovar, Darrell Ceciliani must all be activated today.
That means the Mets have to clear 40-man roster space for these players as well, unless they choose to designated one or more of them for assignment or outright them directly to the minor leagues.
The Mets will clear both active and 40-man roster spaces when their eligible free agents actually declare free agency, which presumably will take place today.
That list includes Yoenis Cespedes, Jerry Blevins, Eric O’Flaherty, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Parnell, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, and Daniel Murphy.
But the Mets must also consider 40-man roster decisions as it pertains to minor leaguers eligible for the Rule 5 draft in December. The name that headlines that list is Brandon Nimmo, Matt Bowman, Wuilmer Becerra, and Robert Gsellman.
The Mets have exclusive rights to their current free agents for the next five days, after which they are free to negotiate with any club in baseball.
The Mets will also be considering first-time arbitration-eligible player salaries in Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Josh Edgin, Anthony Recker, and Carlos Torres this winter, but also must take into consideration raises via arbitration for Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada.
They will also have to take into account contractural raises to Juan Lagares, Jon Niese, and Michael Cuddyer into their plans for the 2016 payroll.
Dillon Gee was eligible for arbitration in 2016, but he is a minor league free agent.
The Industry Meetings begin Monday, November 9 in Boca Raton, Florida. That’s an event usually reserved for discussing the past season, rules, issues, the game’s politics and so on. But every front office in baseball attends these meetings, and it’s usually a time when the groundwork is laid for future trades and the recruitment of free agents as well.
The Winter Meetings are in Nashville, Tennessee and are also right around the corner. They begin December 6.
So there’s only a short time for the Mets to reflect on a brilliant step forward in 2015, as they must immediately begin to plan and project how to get back to and win the World Series in 2016.
— Update, November 2, 2:00 pm —
All nine of the Mets expected free agents have officially filed for free agency, the Players Association announced on Monday.