Mets Free Agency Guide 2022-23: Dates, What to Know, and More

The stove was officially turned on for Major League Baseball and especially the New York Mets after the Houston Astros finished off the Philadelphia Phillies for the World Championship Saturday night.

Owner Steve Cohen and General Manager Billy Ebler face a number of roster questions heading into the free agency as we begin our descent into winter—one of the most fun times of the year for MLB.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Mets’ offseason mission.

When does free agency start?

Technically, players whose contracts expire at the end of the 2022 season became officially free agents on Sunday, the day after the World Championships concluded. However, they can only sign a new team five days after the World Championships ends, which will be Thursday, November 10 at 5 p.m. ET.

Meanwhile, teams that have owned free agents have an exclusive five-day negotiation period with the player in an effort to keep them.

Moreover, the trading market is also officially open with the World Championship also ending.

What does the Mets free agency status look like?

Chris Bassett (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

The Mets are looking for 14 standout players from their 101-win roster in 2022 as they hit the off-season free agent market, including key talents such as junior bowlers Jacob Degrom and Chris Bassett, closer Edwin Diaz, and quarterback Brandon Nemo. This means they have five days to reach deals with unrestricted free agents like Nimmo and Diaz before other teams can step in and possibly poach them away from Queens.

player Site CURRENT STATUS OF 2023
Jacob Degrom SP Player’s Choice
Carlos Carrasco SP Unrestricted Free Agent
Edwin Diaz closer Unrestricted Free Agent
Chris Bassett SP Mutual choice
Trevor May RP Unrestricted Free Agent
Brandon Nemo CF Unrestricted Free Agent
Taiguan Walker SP Player’s Choice
Adam Piccolo RP Unrestricted Free Agent
Tyler Naken RF Unrestricted Free Agent
Seth Logo RP Unrestricted Free Agent
Trevor Williams RP Unrestricted Free Agent
Michael Givens RP Mutual choice
Daniel Fogelbach DH club option
Tommy Hunter RP Unrestricted Free Agent

It has already been confirmed that deGrom will choose not to pick its player to test the free agent waters. It’s a feeling he has kept since spring training despite missing the first four months of the season due to injury.

Two-time Cy Young winner confirmed he’d like to stay with the Mets – an idea that only gained more traction in recent days after Mark Kanha spoke with Mike Puma New York Post.

“Jake told me he wants to come back too, and he really likes it here too,” Kanha said. “I think Jake and Max [Scherzer] And the[Chris] Bassett has a really good friendship that they have developed during this year and a good professional relationship as well.”

Bassett could join deGrom in free agency, especially after his comments on Chris Rose’s rotation Saturday podcast.

“Is your one-year evaluation worth it compared to a multi-year deal for that evaluation?” Bassett asked. “I would say, not giving up on it, it’s kind of easy.”

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