I was talking to Gary McDonald (Metsmusings) earlier this week and he asked me what I thought was some of the important things the Mets front office need to do regarding the future of this team. I told him, in my opinion, the answer was pretty simply… start signing some long term contract extensions with some of the current young talent before they are lost in the post-arbitration free agency process.
Well, maybe the rumors about Lucas Duda and a deal well into his thirties seems like the correct thing to do. I have no problem turning over first base to him for the next six or seven years.
Who else should be considered?
Well, Duda is scheduled for free agency in 2018. So is Ruben Tejada, but I don’t expect the Mets offering an extension to him.
Six players are scheduled to become eligible for free agency in 2019… Jenrry Mejia, Carlos Torres, Matt Harvey, Anthony Recker, Jeurys Familia, and Josh Edgin.
Me? Well, I would be offering Scott Boras and Harvey a salmon dinner every night of the week until a deal would be made through the 2022 season. You have to get this guy under contract and prevent any chance of him winding up in the Bronx. You just have to.
I would also alert agents for both Mejia and Familia that their performance in 2015 could turn out be very rewarding for their clients. No rush on these two. Just get the word out there.