The New York Mets have recently let go four non-tendered players—Tim Redding, Jeremy Reed, Cory Sullivan and Lance Broadway.
Redding put together a terrible season in 2009, posting a record of 3-6, collecting 76 strikeouts with a disgusting 5.10 ERA in 120 innings pitched. Redding was signed by the Mets for an insane amount of money ($2.25 million) for a below average pitcher.
Jeremy Reed was supposed to fill in the fourth outfielders spot that was left empty when Endy Chavez was traded to the Seattle Mariners. Reed batted .242 with 9 runs batted in. He didn't cost the Mets much, collecting $925, 000 for his one year of work.
Cory Sullivan was a problem solver for the Mets. After injuries took out most of the Mets' starting lineup, Sullivan came up from the minors and became the full time left fielder for a time. In 64 games, he batted .250 with a pair of homers and 15 RBI.
Lance Broadway only pitched in 8 games for the Mets after being traded by the Chicago White Sox to the Mets for backup catcher Ramon Castro. In those eight appearances, Broadway collected a 6.75 ERA with nine strikeouts.
The Mets letting Broadway go basically means they traded Ramon Castro, a veteran and very solid player, for nothing.
There was no surprise in getting rid of Redding, Reed, and Sullivan. Redding was a complete disaster, Reed and Sullivan aren't needed because Angel Pagan has become a reliable outfielder.
There was no real reason for Broadway be let go, but then again, there was no reason for the Mets to keep Broadway as well.