Let the hot stove churn! Free agency in MLB has begun
Free agency in Major League Baseball officially began on Saturday morning at 12:01 am, meaning all players who have filed for free agency and haven’t re-signed with their former teams are now free to sign contracts with other teams.
As expected, the Mets did not agree to new terms with any of their free agents by the end of Friday’s exclusive negotiating window. That list includes Yoenis Cespedes, Dillon Gee, Jerry Blevins, Vic Black, Eric O’Flaherty, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Parnell, Anthony Recker, Eric Young Jr., Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard, and Daniel Murphy. They may immediately sign contracts with other teams.
The Mets must go to the market and find either a full-time centerfielder or someone to platoon with Juan Lagares, a versatile middle infielder who can play both shortstop and second base, and shape the bullpen to make it more stable late in games and from the left side.
They must also ensure they go into the season with better depth, specifically on their infield with question marks surrounding David Wright going forward, and the ongoing questions at shortstop.
But that doesn’t mean the Mets can’t or won’t re-sign any of their free agents later this winter, although it seems more likely the Mets would retain Uribe, Blevins and Johnson over any of their other free agents.
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.
For a complete list of Major League free agents, click here.