NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Mets did not offer contracts to pitchers Jeremy Hefner and Scott Atchison, infielders Omar Quintanilla and Justin Turner, and utilityman Jordany Valdespin ahead of Monday night’s deadline, making the five free agents.
Exploring the free-agent market, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson also met Sunday with Curtis Granderson. New York wouldn’t lose its first-round draft pick if it signs the outfielder because the Mets draft 10th and the top 10 selections can’t be forfeited.READ MORE: More Omicron Cases Identified In New York; Total Rises To At Least 8
Teams had until midnight to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man rosters. The Mets have seven remaining arbitration-eligible players, including first baseman Ike Davis and first baseman-outfielder Lucas Duda.
The 27-year-old Hefner went 4-8 with a 4.34 ERA before having reconstructive elbow surgery in August.
Valdespin, 32, hit .188 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 66 games, but he rankled many in the organization with his immaturity on and off the field.
Atchison, 37, only worked 45 1-3 innings because of injuries. He was 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA.READ MORE: Slain Columbia Grad Student Davide Giri Remembered As 'The Nicest And Brightest Person'
Quintanilla, Turner and Valdespin were the Mets’ key backup infielders this season.
Quintanilla batted .222 with two homers in 315 at-bats and Turner hit .280 with two homers in 200 at-bats.
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