Why the Mets are reportedly avoiding free agents like Freddie Freeman

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The Mets are expected to be active in free agency this winter, but with one major caveat. According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and confirmed by SNY’s Joe DeMayo, New York will be limiting its search to free agents who did not receive the qualifying offer. That would, in theory, take them out of the running for a number of big names including All-Stars Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Trevor Story, Marcus Semien, Nick Castellanos and this year’s American League Cy Young recipient, Robbie Ray.