July 24, 2021

Non-tendered players the Mets should target (Amazin’ Avenue)

With baseball’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligilble players having passed yesterday, a slew of players were non-tendered by their now-former teams. Let’s take a quick look at some players from that group who could help the Mets in 2020.

Position Players

C – Elias Diaz
C – Josh Phegley
C – Kevan Smith
C – Kevin Plawecki
C – John Ryan Murphy
C – Caleb Joseph
C – Luke Maile
IF – Jose Peraza
IF – Charlie Culberson
IF – Cesar Hernandez
CF – Kevin Pillar

Almost any available catcher should be of interest to the Mets. Wilson Ramos’s defense is somewhere between poor and awful and his injury history is lengthy, while Tomas Nido has been totally inept at the plate. Ali Sanchez was added to the 40-man roster recently, but he only has 350 plate appearances in the upper minors and has Billy Hamilton level power. None of these non-tendered catchers are particularly good, but that’s to be expected, and with the Mets’ paper-thin depth chart, one of these players could be a useful backup option.

Elias Diaz, Kevan Smith, Josh Phegley are bat-first catchers, all ranking near the bottom of the league in catcher defense according to Baseball Prospectus. Diaz didn’t hit…

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