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Mets tender contracts to most players, non-tender several pitchers

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Matz, Barnes, and Heredia all agree to contracts

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In addition to agreeing to terms with Steven Matz, the Mets agreed to one-year contracts with pitcher Jacob Barnes and outfielder Guillermo Heredia. The Heredia deal is worth $1 million for the upcoming season, according to Bob Nightengale, while the Barnes deal is worth $750,000 with $100,000 in incentives, again according to Nightengale.

The Mets did not tender contracts to pitchers Ariel Jurado, Paul Sewald, Chasen Shreve, and Nick Tropeano, making them free agents. Sewald appeares in the Mets’ bullpen for the last four seasons, putting up his best season in 2019 with a 91 ERA+, but only pitching 6 innings for the Mets in 2020. Shreve pitched 25 innings in relief for the Mets in 2020, putting up a 108 ERA+ in his seventh season in the majors. Jurado only pitched in one game for the Mets last season, giving up nine hits and five runs in a disastrous September start, while Tropeano never saw time in a Mets uniform after the team claimed him off of waivers in November.

The Mets also tendered contracts to the rest of their pre-arbitration and arbitration-eligible players, including Robert Gsellman, who some suspected would be non-tendered. The full list of players with tendered contracts can be found here.