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Sunday 17th Dec 2017

cespedes nym CATCHER: Neither Travis d'Arnaud nor Kevin Plawecki has developed as hoped, but   they're back for another season in Queens.

 INFIELD: Asdrubal Cabrera had his club option picked up, so he'll probably play third,   joining Amed Rosario on the left side. Wilmer Flores is the best in-house option for the   keystone, though someone could be brought in. Similarly, Dominic Smith has the edge at   first base, however the club has expressed an interesting in bringing in a more   established bat.

OUTFIELD: Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto aren't especially durable, but when healthy, they've earned regular run, likely in the corners. Barring an acquisition, Brandom Nimmo and Juan Lagares will battle for center field.

BENCH: Losing Jose Reyes to free agency and T.J. Rivera to TJS has left the Mets short on depth. They'll likely deal with that in free agency, but for now, Gavin Cecchini, Matt Reynolds and Phillip Ervin are the likely reserves, with the strong possibility Flores is pushed to utility after a second baseman is signed.

SyndergaardROTATION: If healthy, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom make a great one-two punch. Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz will duke it out for the other spots. Wheeler and Lugo have an edge since they're healthy. Personally, I have no faith in Harvey and want to see Matz in the spring before passing judgment. Chris Flexen and Tyler Pill also saw action last season, supporting an injury-riddled rotation.

BULLPEN: By season's end, Jeurys Familia had regained the closer spot from A.J. Ramos, which should be the pecking order to open 2018. The rest of the troops are competent, but not especially fantasy worthy with Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker and Rafael Montero round things out.

PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Honestly, nothing to see here. Despite a mini-fire sale last season, the Mets did little to fortify a weak system, at least in terms of players close to contributing.

POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: If the Mets didn't need to add some bats, I'd expect a veteran starter to help stabilize their M*A*S*H rotation. However, the bulk of their focus will likely be the right side of the infield and maybe a center fielder.

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