The future of the Mets’ free agents is very much in flux, though president Sandy Alderson did give some indication of who he’d like to bring back.
Though he didn’t commit to resigning any one player, Alderson said before the Mets 3-2 loss to the Marlins Wednesday that the team was very interested in engaging in talks with Marcus Stroman, the Mets most consistent starter.
Alderson said Stroman had "probably on balance had the best record over the course of this season as a starting pitcher, in part because of his effectiveness but in part because he was able to pitch the entire season. Given the fact that he didn't pitch at all last year, it's sort of a remarkable achievement that he was able to stay as healthy as he has been over the course of the year. We very highly value Marcus and we'll be looking forward to the possibility of talking to him."
He seemed less bullish on the possibility of signing Javier Baez.
"Is it possible? Yes. Is it realistic? Maybe," Alderson said of Baez, who earlier this season expressed displeasure at how fans were booing him. "It’s hard for me to put odds on it. Does Javy want to be here? Did he enjoy his stay? What can be expected from him over the next several years? A lot of things go into any free-agent decision. But to say, ‘No, there’s absolutely no way Javy Baez can be part of the Mets next year,’ I wouldn’t be prepared to say that at this point."
Alderson was also ambivalent when it came to whether the team plans to extend qualifying offers to Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, noting that he thinks highly of Conforto, but that he’s had a down year.
Syndergaard, Alderson added, looked good in his one appearance in about two years, but it was only that – a single good inning. Luis Rojas said Syndergaard felt fine after is appearance and will likely throw another inning Friday or Saturday. Syndergaard has also said he wants to stay in New York, which Alderson said was important.
Conforto hit a 469-foot solo home run in the fourth inning Wednesday, putting the Mets up 1-0. Meanwhile, Taijuan Walker had a strong bounce-back performance in what has been a miserable September, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and five strikeouts. All three Marlins runs came on RBI hits off Seth Lugo in the eighth, costing Walker what would have been his only win of the second half.