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Three Mets players who could return in 2020 with lesser roles

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Joe Panik #2 of the New York Mets in action against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 11: Joe Panik #2 of the New York Mets in action against the Washington Nationals during their game at Citi Field on August 11, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 25: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets celebrates with Juan Lagares #12 after scoring off of a single hit by Michael Conforto #30 against the San Diego Padres in the first inning at Citi Field on July 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Many MLB starters eventually become part-time players. These three New York Mets could come back in 2020 in lesser roles than they had in 2019.

Depth. Depth. Depth. It’s one part of the 2019 New York Mets we heard plenty about at the start of the season. As they moved along the schedule, we saw it put to the test more and more.

September is a time when the talent of your depth really matters. Teams expand their rosters from 25 to 40 men, allowing for those one-dimensional depth pieces stashed in the minors to contribute the best they can.

The Mets have depth even with several key players still on the IL. Most notably, Dominic Smith is itching to return from a foot injury before the year is through.

Beyond him, the team still does appear to have at least one capable starter on the bench each night. This team also employs some ex-starters who could conceivably return in 2020 with a lesser role.

For the most part, we already have an idea of what the Mets’ starting eight will look like in 2020. There are some questions about where versatile players like Jeff McNeil or J.D. Davis play. The aforementioned Smith is in this club as well with first base and left field possibly blocked.

Things will “take care of itself” in some regards either due to injury or potential offseason trades. As we witnessed plenty in 2019, you can never have too many choices. Jed Lowrie missed almost the entire season. Yoenis Cespedes stepped in more holes on his ranch than bases at Citi Field. The Mets would be wise to hold onto more than a small number of their part-time contributors from this season. You never know who will suffer a hernia from a violent sneeze in January.

With all that said, these three Mets have either expiring contracts or will head into next season arbitration-eligible. Once prominent starters, the ball club can consider bringing each back for a lesser role in 2020.

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