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Mets 2017 season is over, but where do they go from here?

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks into the clubhouse from the dugout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks into the clubhouse from the dugout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Let’s be honest, the fans don’t have a say in the world with the Mets transactions.  

The days are long gone when Mike and the Mad Dog had influence on Mike Piazza trade. And for the most part that’s okay; I like a General Manager who makes decisions without being influenced from the outside.  But the moves have to pan out.  

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So far, Alderson and his crew have done an above-average job.  There are no contracts crippling the team long-term anymore, and they have the #3 prospect in all of baseball with Rosario.

The problem the Mets have right now is one nobody in a million years thought would be their demise — pitching.  But what moves can they make with their pitching?  

All of the young arms have team-friendly contracts, so of course they’re going to hold onto them. Signing a veteran arm would be a good move, as well as improving the bullpen. But you can count on Harvey, deGrom, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Matz, Lugo and Gsellman to be the main starters next season.  

The real problem for next season is with the lineup. They have $52 million coming off the books this off-season but will have holes at four positions heading into 2018 spring training.

Granderson and Duda are most likely gone. There’s a good chance Walker is gone, too. Bruce might stay, which will cost the organization a large sum, but his stats this year, and throughout his career (excluding last season’s second-half stats), say he’s worth it.

Next: Wheeler placed on disabled list with biceps tendinitis

The major decisions the Mets will have to make this off-season will be signing two of these five players: Bruce, Hosmer, Cain, Moustakas, and Martinez. Considering the recent free-agent history of the Mets, they may only sign one.  They need two. 

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