Major League Baseball's non-tender deadline, the date by which teams must decide whether or not to guarantee contracts to their arbitration-eligible players, is tomorrow. The Mets could have had as many as eleven arbitration-eligible players, but Buddy Carlyle, Anthony Recker, and Eric Young Jr. were made free agents a couple weeks ago. Recker has already signed a minor league deal with with Cleveland.
Most of those players are obvious tenders, but let's take a look at each of them here. The projected salaries mentioned are the figures created by MLB Trade Rumors.
Lucas Duda: At a projected salary of $6.8 million, Duda is the most expensive of the group, but he's very obviously going to be tendered a contract. Over the last two seasons, Duda has hit .249/.350/.483 with 57 home runs. In 2015, that's very good, as evidenced by his 134 OPS+ over that span. Mets fans are hung up on his streakiness, most likely because he wasn't dominant during the playoffs, but he has been one of the better first basemen in the game over the past two years.
Matt Harvey: He's Matt Harvey, and he's projected to earn $4.7 million. The innings-limit saga is a thing of the past, and he pitched one hell of a game in the World Series, which should put the inning stuff firmly in the rearview mirror. Oh, and he had a 2.71 ERA and 3.05 FIP in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
Jeurys Familia: A good relief pitcher in 2014, Familia was phenomenal after taking over as the team's closer early in the 2015 season. He just turned 26, and he'll be worth every penny of his projected $3.3 million salary next year if he even comes close to pitching as well as he did this year.
On the bubble
Addison Reed: Acquired by the Mets before the waiver trade deadline at the end of August, Reed is projected to earn a relatively hefty $5.7 million in arbitration. If he can be the pitcher that he was for the Mets in the last month of the regular season and the playoffs—at least until his final outing in the last game of the World Series—he should be well worth that salary. It was only 22.1 innings in total, which is a small sample, but Reed will turn 27 soon and might benefit from pitching away from Arizona's Chase Field.
Jenrry Mejia: The reliever is reportedly going to be tendered by the Mets, but we'll leave him in this category until that's official. Ineligible to play in games until well past the halfway point of the 2016 season, Mejia won't need to be paid by the team or count against the 40-man roster until his return.
Ruben Tejada: He isn't exciting, but Tejada has been a capable major league player throughout his career with the Mets. He's been around forever but is still just 26 years old, and he's projected to earn $2.5 million next year. It doesn't sound like the Mets will acquire a clearly-superior shortstop this winter, but there have been rumors that they will non-tender Tejada. That wouldn't make much sense.
Carlos Torres: Torres wasn't nearly as good in 2015 as he had been in 2013 and 2014, but add it all up and he's still been a perfectly-decent major league relief pitcher. With a projected salary of $800,000 in 2016, the Mets should retain him.
Josh Edgin: The Mets lost left-handed relief pitcher Jack Leathersich—who, like Edgin, had Tommy John surgery this year—on waivers to the Cubs when they removed him from the 40-man roster. Edgin wasn't very good in his first two major league seasons, but he pitched well in 27.1 innings with the Mets in 2014. He could return sometime during the 2016 season, and the Mets don't have an abundance of left-handed relief options around. At a projected $600,000, he's probably worth the money and the spot on the 40-man roster.