Delgado, who missed most of the season with a hip injury, expects to play next season, but won’t be re-signed by the Mets. Schneider could return to Washington.
Ironically, Schneider is a veteran back-up catcher, something the Mets need, but they want one who could hit.
Both are Class B free agents, meaning should they be offered arbitration and decline, then sign with somebody else, the Mets would be rewarded a draft pick from the Sandwich Round, which is between the first and second rounds. It’s a moot point, because they won’t be offered arbitration in fear they accept.
First base next year will be Daniel Murphy and a right-handed bat they sign on the cheap. It could be Fernando Tatis, who is also a free agent.
Other Mets free agents are Alex Cora, Gary Sheffield, Ramon Martinez and Elmer Dessens. In that group, I only see Cora being re-signed.
The arbitration-eligible Mets are Tim Redding, Jeff Francoeur, Angel Pagan, Cory Sullivan, Pedro Feliciano, John Maine, Brian Stokes and Green.
Redding’s status, based on more than six years service time, is if he’s not offered arbitration by Dec. 12, he can become a free agent. The others are under the Mets’ control. In that group, only Francoeur and Feliciano are being considered for multi-year contracts.