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Early Mets storylines to watch throughout the 2019 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates his eighth inning home run against the Washington Nationals with teammates Wilson Ramos #40 and Pete Alonso #20 at Citi Field on April 06, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates his eighth inning home run against the Washington Nationals with teammates Wilson Ramos #40 and Pete Alonso #20 at Citi Field on April 06, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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MIAMI, FLORIDA – APRIL 01: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets celebrates with Pete Alonso #20 after scoring a run in the ninth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 01, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

What the Mets will buy or sell at the trade deadline

At the past two trade deadlines, the Mets were sellers. Neither time they managed to get much back in return for veterans on expiring contracts. If the story is the same in 2019, they have to bring back some serious minor league talent.

Most of us would prefer to see a different tale with the Mets buying at the trade deadline. The trouble here may be having the ammunition to bring back the best big league talent possible. Their minor league system, while better than it has been in years past, doesn’t have an abundance of players they can move in order to improve the 25-man roster.

The trade deadline is still months away and the stories around it are still in the prologue stages. Memorial Day is generally a date to mark on the calendar as to whether or not your team is likely to buy or sell. What the Mets record looks like then will go a long way toward how they attack the July 31st deadline.

Dominic Smith needs to find at-bats

Many of us entered the 2019 season with low expectations for Dominic Smith. Following a fine spring and a good start to the regular season, we now want to see him play more often. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy.

Smith is a first baseman by trade and Alonso is smashing baseballs like nobody else on this team. We could see him play a little left field, but those opportunities should be few.

It’s important for Mickey Callaway to find ways to get Smith in the lineup once or twice a week without sacrificing other at-bats. I believe a start at first base and one in left field every week is more than enough. He should get plenty of pinch-hitting plate appearances, giving him those late-inning opportunities to become the hero fans always wanted him to become.

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Not all of these storylines will have a quick resolution. More will come, some will go, and the chapters in the novel about the 2019 Mets will get written.

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