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Mets' success rides on arms of starters
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As the Mets attempt to improve their team at the margins this offseason, shoring up their infield and outfield depth, the unspoken truth is that much of this only matters if the starting pitching succeeds. The Mets, at their core, are a team built around starting pitching. The fulcrum of their 2018 success — or […]

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Lagares' glove may be key to Mets' defense
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Juan Lagares remains one of the most elite defensive gloves in baseball, but a combination of injuries and poor hitting has prevented him from everyday play. Headed into 2018, this might be his last best change to be a starter — and the Mets badly need him.

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Bruce addition could kick-start Mets' push in '18
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Bringing back Jay Bruce could be the move that helps get the Mets, a disappointment in 2017, on their way to getting back in contention in 2018 — especially if a lot of “what ifs” pan out.

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Mets' bullpen has potential to dominate
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For months, the Mets have made move after move with an eye toward improving both their bullpen’s effectiveness and depth. The club acquired former Marlins closer AJ Ramos and a cadre of young high-upside arms in a flurry of trades last summer. They also signed free agent Anthony Swarzak this offseason.

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Healthy rotation key to Mets' success in 2018
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It may sound strange, especially for a team that finished near the bottom in baseball in preventing runs, but the Mets remain a club built around pitching.

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Young talent headlines Mets' projected lineup
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As it stands now, the Mets’ lineup would be comprised entirely of players who concluded 2017 with the club, just in more pronounced roles. That means more opportunity — and responsibility — for several young players who debuted last season.

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Hard-hit rate sign that Mets' Smith will improve
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As of now, the Mets’ starting first-base job is Dominic Smith’s to win. And if he does win the job in Spring Training, there are some signs that he could run with it. Several key Statcast™ metrics indicate that Smith’s stat line could be significantly better in 2018.

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Mets' 2017 defined by tough breaks, new arrivals
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For the second straight season, the Mets entered 2017 with outsized expectations and dreams of playoff grandeur. For the second straight season, injuries and other issues derailed them — though this time, the Mets could not recover.

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It's fair to wonder if the Mets' approach needs to change
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Former Mets GM and current SiriusXM host Steve Phillips said on air Tuesday that the Mets are not 'cheap,' nor deceiving fans. Instead, like most MLB teams, their offseason budget is based on projected revenue because they run their franchise like a business.

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Callaway keeping Mets' closer role open
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When Jeurys Familia returned from arterial surgery late last summer, the Mets made a point of being cautious with him. Initially, the team shied away from deploying Familia in high-leverage spots, using trade acquisition AJ Ramos in save situations instead. Even after that restriction faded, the Mets never completely removed the bubble-wrap from their one-time […]

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Bullpen, infield Mets' priorities at Meetings
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The first five weeks of the Hot Stove season may have come and gone quietly for the Mets, but that is about to change. A team in need of multiple significant pieces is bound to spring into action soon, with the baseball industry’s annual Winter Meetings providing the proper atmosphere next week in Lake Buena […]

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Inbox: What is Mets' biggest offseason need?
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What’s the biggest hole on the Mets’ roster that GM Sandy Alderson will look to fill? Does Johan Santana have a viable Hall of Fame case? Beat reporter Anthony DiComo answers those questions and more in the latest Inbox.

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