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Mets should start looking towards the future in 2017-2018 offseason

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May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) is greeted by first baseman Lucas Duda (21) after Walker hit a solo home run for his second home run of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) is greeted by first baseman Lucas Duda (21) after Walker hit a solo home run for his second home run of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fifth inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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With the Mets currently digging themselves a whole straight to the basement of the National League East, it begs the question what might be in the cards for the future.

At the end of the 2017 season, the Mets will have a plethora of big decisions to make. These decisions may result in over $60 million coming of the books. This $60 million will come in the form of Neil Walker (17.2), Curtis Granderson (15), Jay Bruce (13), Addison Reed (7.8), and Lucas Duda (7.2).

When you take a look at the list of aforementioned names it is very possible that none of them will return to the club in 2018.

Let’s start with Neil Walker who is a quality second basemen with All Star ability. While yes, Walker is a talented veteran and even a leader in the clubhouse, the money he will command this off season suggests the Mets should head in another direction.

Since the Amazins have a plethora of middle infielders on both the major league roster and in Triple-A Las Vegas, it might be in the best interest of the franchise to go young and get similar production from much cheaper assets. Names like T.J. Rivera, Wilmer Flores, and Amed Rosario will all be with the big league club and can take the reins at 2B.

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