Starter Chris Capuano, who signed an incentive-laden contract last winter, is optimistic that he can re-sign with the Mets. Though money will understandably be a significant factor, the 31-year-old admits that his priorities have changed as his career has progressed.
"As you get older, you start to make decisions much more based on what's best for your family or what's best for you personally," Capuano said. "In spite of obviously being disappointed that we couldn't achieve our team goal, this has still been the most fun I've ever had in any season."
In a similar situation is reliever Jason Isringhausen, who spent the season on a Minor League contract following his third career Tommy John surgery. Isringhausen has expressed a desire to continue playing next season at age 39, whether in New York or not.
The other free agents are primarily bench players, including catcher Ronny Paulino and outfielders Willie Harris and Scott Hairston, as well as reliever Ryota Igarashi. Igarashi, who signed a two-year contract prior to the 2010 season, admits that his lack of success in the big leagues -- a 5.74 ERA over 79 appearances -- may make it difficult for him to return.
"I don't think a good offer would come up here," Igarashi said.