The Major League Baseball non-tender deadline has passed with multiple notable players becoming free agents. The Mets tendered contracts to all of their arbitration eligible players and agreed to a $1.7 million figure to retain Rene Rivera.
Here are a few notable new free agents around MLB:
Welington Castillo, Catcher – The 29-year old hit .264/.322/.423 with 24 doubles, 14 home runs and 68 RBI in 2016 for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is a career .287/.354/.485 hitter against left-handed pitching. Now for the cons, he struck out 121 times last season in 113 games and is a below average pitch framer.
Tyson Ross, RHP – Underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in October and was estimated to receive $9.6 million through arbitration. The 29-year old threw just 5.1 innings in 2016, a season after throwing a career high 196 innings. Ross has a 3.16 ERA, 1.239 WHIP and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings since joining the San Diego Padres in 2013.
Chris Withrow, RHP – The Mets showed some interest in the 27-year old reliever during the trade deadline this past season. He had a 3.58 ERA and 1.221 WHIP in 37.2 innings for the Atlanta Braves in 2016, but had a career low 6.7 K/9. In 2013-2014 with the Dodgers he average 11.4 K/9 along with 96 MPH on his fastball. Coming off TJS in 2016 he average only 94 MPH on his fastball.
Ben Revere, OF – The 28-year old had the worst season of his career in 2016 with the Washington Nationals hitting only .217/.260/.300 in 375 plate appearances and tied for the 8th worst fWAR in baseball at -1.2. He stole 14 bases and was caught five times. On defense he had 2 DRS in center despite a -0.5 UZR. He is a career .285/.320/.342 hitter and has stolen at least 30 bases on four occasions.
Vance Worley, RHP – Former Philadelphia Phillies that started, pitched in middle relief, and even finished some games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2016. The 29-year old pitched a 3.82 ERA and 1.373 WHIP in 86.2 innings this past season.
Chris Carter, 1B/DH – The 2016 National League home run leader with 41 also led the NL with 206 strikeouts. The 29-year old slashed .222/.321/.499 in 644 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers.