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21 Mets Minor Leaguers Become Free Agents

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Players at both the major league and minor league levels are becoming free agents, marking the official start of the 2018-2019 offseason.  Among those looking to test the waters with new teams are 21 now former New York Mets minor league players.

The most well known of the group is, of course, right-handed pitcher Rafael Montero.  Montero, 28, did not play at all in 2018 for the Mets.  He last had 34 games, 18 starts, in the major leagues with New York in 2017 when he went 5-11 with a 5.52 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched.  He was outrighted off the 40-man roster on November 2 and elected to become a free agent instead of accepting the assignment to Triple-A Syracuse.

Of the 21 total players, 13 of them, were assigned to the Mets Triple-A team.  They include right-handed pitchers Logan Taylor, Jamie Callahan, Cody Martin, as well as Montero; also, left-handed pitchers Buddy Baumann, Matt Gage, and Matt Purke.  Position players Jeff Glenn, Zach Borenstein, Phillip Evans, Christian Colon, Ezequiel Carrera, and Cody Asche also decided to test the waters.

Six members of the Binghamton Rumble Ponies also elected free agents.  They were right-handed pitcher Nabil Crismatt, outfielders John Mora, Kevin Taylor, and Jhoan Urena; and infielders Levi Michael and Joey Terdoslavich.

St. Lucie Mets right-fielder Wuilmer Becerra and Columbia Fireflies right-handed pitcher Zac Grotz were also among those who elected free agency.

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