View Full Version : Twelve Mets Eligible for Free Agency, Including Piazza

10-28-2005, 08:40 AM
With Mike Piazza the biggest name among the 12 New York Mets eligible for free agency, New York started making its offseason moves Thursday by declining Danny Graves' $5 million option and electing to pay the reliever a $500,000 buyout.

Graves filed for free agency on the first possible day along with infielder Marlon Anderson.

Piazza who has been with the team since 1998, is likely to leave the Mets to sign with an American League team, where he can become a designated hitter. A 12-time All-Star, his skills have declined substantially in recent years.

Also eligible to file among the Mets are closer Braden Looper, pitcher Steve Trachsel, second baseman Miguel Cairo, relievers Roberto Hernandez and Felix Heredia, first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, infielder Jose Offerman, outfielder Gerald Williams and catcher Mike DeFelice.