As Major League Baseball continues to navigate a messy situation due to the coronavirus global pandemic, a recent resolution kept these 10 Mets players on track for free agency.
Marcus Stroman, Yoenis Cespedes, Jed Lowrie, Dellin Betances, Rick Porcello, Wilson Ramos, Justin Wilson, Michael Wacha, Jake Marisnick, Brad Brach and more are set to enter free agency, as scheduled, at the end of the year.
Service time was the vital issue for the players’ union as it came to an agreement with commissioner Rob Manfred and the league on how to handle topics like free agency should a doomsday scenario of an canceled season occur.
The deal, which was reached on Friday, gives players the same service time in 2020 that they received in 2019. In a shortened season, regardless of how many games the season includes and even if no games are played, players will be granted full service time.
Mookie Betts, who could now potentially never play a game for the Dodgers, will head a free-agent class that includes Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer, Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, Yankees lefty James Paxton and the Mets’ Stroman.