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Mets fans cannot agree on who should play second base next year

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Daniel Murphy #20 of the Washington Nationals bobbles the ball after forcing out Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets at second base in the fifth inning at Nationals Park on May 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 23: Daniel Murphy #20 of the Washington Nationals bobbles the ball after forcing out Asdrubal Cabrera #13 of the New York Mets at second base in the fifth inning at Nationals Park on May 23, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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One subject New York Mets fans cannot seem to agree on is who should play second base for them in 2019. Well, who should get the nod?

Let’s stop the fighting. Don’t you see? This is exactly what they want from us! The New York Mets are so bad that the only way to distract us from the misery is to have us turn on each other.

This is what is happening with Mets fans in 2018. Whether it’s fans disagreeing on basics like supporting the team or arguing over what they should do, Mets supporters are a frantic bunch right now.

One of the objectives fans cannot seem to agree on is who should start at second base next year. There are many camps. Some want to see a big free agent. Others would prefer a stop gap player. And then there are those who want to see a kid play the position.

Here at Rising Apple, I’ve noticed a rollercoaster of emotions. Earlier this year, we published a piece about reuniting with Daniel Murphy. Fans loved the idea at the time.

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In a more recent piece examining a reunion with him, Neil Walker, or Asdrubal Cabrera, there wasn’t much love for Murphy. In fact, nobody seemed to like the idea of any of these three recent second baseman returning.

Furthermore, yet another piece on the topic suggested the Mets target Brian Dozier this winter. Again, there seemed to be little support.

So, what is is that Mets fans want? Does second base belong to the unproven Jeff McNeil?

Free agency offers several options for the Mets to explore. Along with those already mentioned, there’s DJ LeMahieu vying for a big contract. Those same fans who don’t want them signing Murphy, Walker, Cabrera, or Dozier would likely say the same about LeMahieu. The knock on him is that his high batting average is a result of playing at Coors Field. I tend to agree.

Someone needs to play second base next year. I’m not sure anyone has an answer either. The majority of fans are tired of seeing this front office sign players to bad contracts. They also don’t want cheap guys who have either never produced well or are trending in the wrong direction.

This leaves them with few options. They don’t have the farm system to acquire a top-tier player in a trade. Even if they did, would another team give up this rhetorical player?

No matter what they do, fans are going to be unhappy with the second base choice next season. Unless McNeil lights the world on fire through the final weeks of the season and wins the job outright, a majority of people won’t be pleased.

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