As expected, the Mets will non-tender a trio of players who were eligible for arbitration before the 2013 season.
It's not exactly surprising news, but ESPN New York reports that the Mets are planning to non-tender starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey, outfielder Andres Torres, and relief pitcher Manny Acosta before the non-tender deadline on Friday.
All three players were disappointing this year but would have seen at least a moderate raise if the Mets had decided to tender them contracts. For the 2012 season, Pelfrey made $5.7 million, Torres made $2.7 million, and Acosta made $875,000. Even if each player's salary remained the same for 2013, none of the three would be likely to live up to his salary.
Pelfrey underwent Tommy John surgery in the spring, which made him an obvious non-tender candidate, though the Mets will reportedly consider bringing him back on a much less expensive deal. If he's willing to take an incentive-laden, one-year deal to rebuild his value, they would be wise to do so.
Torres is now two years removed from his last good season as a hitter, and he was undoubtedly a disappointment after coming over to the Mets in the trade that sent Angel Pagan to the Giants. His .297 wOBA this year ranked 34th among the 39 center fielder who made at least 300 plate appearances.
A scrap-heap pickup before the 2010 season, Acosta was rather effective over two seasons before imploding in the early part of the 2012 season. He was actually pretty good after rejoining the Mets later in the year, but the rest of the team had gone down the tubes so his work went relatively unnoticed.