With some of the top prospects, the New York Mets’ farm system boasts, here’s what the team’s future roster could look like.
The good news? Second baseman Neil Walker is coming back on his qualifying offer for next season at least. The Mets are expected to have their full arsenal of young pitching talent back to begin 2017. Starter Matt Harvey‘s agent Scott Boras believes his client will be his old self again when he comes back next season. Outfielder Jay Bruce‘s $13 million team option has also been picked up for 2017.
Now the bad news. There is no significant movement in talks for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to come back to Queens next season, and General Manager Sandy Alderson has expressed at the GM Meetings that he doesn’t want to wait around for him like last year. Closer Jeurys Familia has been arrested in New Jersey for a domestic violence incident. A suspension may come, but the MLB is currently letting the legal process play out first. Fan favorite and old-reliable in 43-year-old starter Bartolo ‘BigSexy’ Colon has moved on and signed with the division rival Atlanta Braves.
If there is one thing, though, that Alderson has done well during his six year run with the Mets, it’s building a strong farm system. So no matter how much New York fans overreact to big free-agent signings, or the lack thereof, the team always has had a strong and promising group of young kids in the minors ready to step up when their time comes.
So if Tim Tebow somehow impossibly doesn’t work out, who will the Mets have? Follow us as we take you through what each position group could look like on the Mets future roster.