The Mets non-tendered four players today before reaching the deadline to offer contracts to arbitration-eligible and pre-arbitration players. These players are all pitchers: Chasen Shreve, Nick Tropeano, Paul Sewald, and Ariel Jurado. The Mets also tendered contracts to Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz, despite speculation that the Mets would non-tender the two pitchers.
Mets Non-Tender a Productive Member of Their Bullpen
Chasen Shreve was one of the Mets’ better relievers in 2020. He came over after a stint with the Cardinals. While he struggled towards the end of the 2020 season, Shreve still finished the year with a 3.96 ERA/3.99 FIP, a 1.160 WHIP, and 34 strikeouts in 25 innings (12.2 K/9). With attractive free-agent relievers such as Brad Hand on the market, the Mets decided to non-tender Shreve, who was only projected to make about $1 million in 2021. After the Mets signed Trevor May, Shreve faced a tough road ahead if he wanted to maintain a high-leverage role in New York.
Mets Non-Tender Struggling Righties
The Mets non-tendering Sewald, Jurado, and Tropeano are not as surprising as their decision to non-tender Shreve. Sewald, who has been with the organization since 2012, barely pitched in 2020, and when he did, he got rocked for nine runs in six innings of work. While he has a respectable 9.2 K/9 for his career, he also sports a career ERA of 5.50 and a WHIP of 1.364.
Jurado only made one start for the Mets this season, and he got shelled for five runs and nine hits in just four innings pitched. He also has an unsightly 5.97 ERA for his career, and really had no place on the Mets’ roster.
As for Tropeano, the Mets non-tendered him before he could even pitch a game for the team. While Tropeano had a 1.15 ERA in 15.2 innings pitched for the Pirates this year, his career 4.29 ERA/4.78 FIP paints much a bleaker picture of his performance. He had the strongest case of these three pitchers to remain with the organization, but clearly they didn’t see enough of a reason to hang onto him.
Closing Thoughts On the Mets’ Non-Tenders
The Mets non-tendering Shreve was a questionable decision, however, non-tendering Sewald, Jurado, and Tropeano made a lot of sense. It will be interesting to see where the organization goes from here, as there are still plenty of intriguing free agents on the market.
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