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What the Mets must accomplish during the next three weeks

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 10: Amed Rosario #1 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on May 10, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 10: Amed Rosario #1 and Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets celebrate after defeating the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on May 10, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MAY 05: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets makes a throw to first base during the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 05, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Cut Dead Weight

I don’t believe it will take the Mets until the end of this sweet schedule of games to cut some dead weight. Well before they get ready to face the Dodgers at the end of this streak of winnable games, someone we didn’t think would get caught may already be gone.

It’s hard to imagine the Mets eating Todd Frazier’s remaining salary, but what role can he really have when Lowrie is back? Lowrie should start every day at third base. When he doesn’t, J.D. Davis is the man who belongs at the hot corner.

In addition to Frazier, there’s Keon Broxton to consider cutting. He’s far less expensive. Getting rid of him is only an early admission that the trade which brought him to Flushing was a bad one. Again, it’s a tough one to picture happening this early in the year.

For his own sake, Jason Vargas is fortunate to be on the IL. He has also pitched far better in his last few games which means he’s staying. The same could be said for Luis Avilan.

It’s easier to hide a pitcher on your roster as a mop-up man. The same isn’t true for Frazier and Broxton. The Mets could survive with one of them around, but having both weakens them. Over the next few games, this pair needs to play a lot better. The weaker of the two should become a casualty to roster cuts especially if Dominic Smith hits well.

Depth was supposed to be a strength of the Mets. In some areas, they do have decent Plan-Bs. Right now, even more important than depth, is the lack of immovable objects they have on the big league roster.

Whatever happens over the next three weeks, the Mets need to figure out who they’ll go forward with.

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