Lots of names out there that have been non-tendered. MLBTR is doing a great job keeping us up to date with their Non-Tender Tracker.
While there are certainly more names out there that would fit the Mets current needs, a few of them stood out to me.
Russell Martin: Martin missed time last year with a fractured hip and had already seen a dip in his offensive numbers. His agent of course claims he is healthy and ready to play again. In a market that is weak in catchers, it’s possible he nets a full time gig. However, if the interest is not there, he would be a perfect guy to come in and back up Thole and teach him the fine arts of catching, and being a productive hitter as a catcher for that matter.
Ryan Church: Yes I did just go there. Church absolutely stunk for most of the year last year, however in limited AB’s he did seem to rebound a little with Arizona. The Mets in my opinion need a decently fielding LH 5th OF and Church could fit. I know the Mets and Church did not have a great break up but I don’t think Church himself burned any bridges and I don’t have any ill will towards him.
Ryan Rowland-Smith: Spent some time looking at this one this morning. Honestly, perhaps I should leave this up to our saber department but, looking at his peripherals I don’t understand why he tanked last year. I did notice that his HR/FB was up to 14% compared to 6.7% the year before. That’s a sharp increase. He is a fly ball pitcher and could be exactly the guy I was referring to in this morning’s previous post. The minor league deal guy that competes for a rotation spot or slides into the pen.
Joel Peralta: The star of the show. From MLBTR “Joel Peralta, RP. He’s not a hard-thrower but it’s difficult to argue with a 2.02 ERA, 9.0 K/9, and 1.7 BB/9. He is an extreme flyball pitcher though.” Don’t know about you guys but that screams a perfect fit for the Mets bullpen. Considering the Nationals bullpen woes , I have no idea why he was non-tendered. The guy averaged 5.44K/BB. WHIP of .80. I expect there to be serious demand for this guy unless the Nationals knew of some type of undisclosed injury.