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Mets Season in Review: Kelly Johnson

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Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Kelly Johnson (55) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets third baseman Kelly Johnson (55) rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Projected Role in 2017

At the moment, the Mets’ infield is a bit crowded. The team seems to think David Wright will play a large role for the club in 2017, which would be tremendous. However, coming off two injury-plagued seasons, plenty of people have their doubts.

Asdrubal Cabrera, Neil Walker, Lucas Duda and Jose Reyes are all locks to be on the roster, and TJ Rivera also did a solid job as a versatile infielder in limited playing time down the stretch in 2016.

So, does that leave room for Johnson?

While there are only so many spots to go around and a lot of them are seemingly already filled, I do think there is a role for Johnson on the 2017 Mets. First and foremost, there will be injuries. Wright and Duda both have problems staying healthy. Walker is coming off back surgery. Cabrera is 31 and not getting any younger.

Johnson has proven to be a versatile defender and a solid cog in successful lineups, so adding that kind of depth would only make the roster stronger. In a perfect world, everyone would stay healthy and the Mets could move on from Johnson without a second thought, but that is clearly not the case.

Depth is always a good thing, and Johnson has shown the Mets in back-to-back years that he provides just that.

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