3 Cheap Free Agents the Mets Can Still Sign in Free Agency

Wilmer Flores
Diamondbacks INF Wilmer Flores against the Mets | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The 2020 MLB season is rapidly approaching, and most teams will pack their luggage for Spring Training in less than a month.

The New York Mets are one of those clubs, and though general manager Brodie Van Wagenen just hired a replacement skipper in Luis Rojas, most fans in Flushing would agree that the roster still needs to be tweaked.

With that in mind, let's dive into some free agents that the Metsies can bring in at a low cost.

3. Collin McHugh

Collin McHugh
Former Astros right-hander Collin McHugh | Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

The signing of Dellin Betances certainly bolsters New York's bullpen, but unless Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia can rebound, this unit remains far from elite. Enter McHugh, who has been nothing short of spectacular as a reliever for Houston over the last two campaigns. In 2018, he logged a 1.99 ERA and career-high 11.7 K/9 across 72.1 innings. And in 2019, the right-hander compiled a 2.67 ERA with five holds in 27 appearances out of the bullpen. At 32 years old, McHugh won't cost much, and the Mets should seriously considering bringing him aboard as a possible innings eater.

2. Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin
Former Yankees OF Cameron Maybin | Elsa/Getty Images

Given the injury history of outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Yoenis Cespedes, it would behoove the Mets to inquire about Maybin, who showed out in the Bronx in 2019. The 32-year-old vet slashed .285/.364/.494 with 11 home runs and 48 runs scored in 239 at bats. We all know the consistency that Maybin provides in the outfield, and that could prove valuable in late-game scenarios with an immobile Cespedes.

1. Wilmer Flores

Wilmer Flores
Wilmer Flores turning a double play | Norm Hall/Getty Images

Talk about a reunion. Flores is thoroughly adored in Queens, and he is fresh off an impressive season with Arizona. For the year, Wilmer hit .317/.361/.487 with 27 extra-base hits in 285 plate appearances. He clobbers left-handed pitching and would serve as a viable rotational infielder, a role that Jed Lowrie (given the sheer unknown of his health) and Luis Guillorme would not execute to the fullest extent.