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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 – SEPTEMBER 11: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets celebrates his second home run of the game in the fourth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on September 11, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Todd Frazier

During his two seasons with the Mets, Todd Frazier didn’t make many fans. His playing style relies heavily on home runs and doesn’t please those with a taste for consistent hits and walks. While his 2019 season has been much better than his 2018 campaign, it has become abundantly clear that he’s not someone the team should expect to start moving forward.

In a lesser role, however, Frazier may be a valuable piece for the Mets.

It takes two to tango and I’m not sure if Frazier has given up quite yet on playing regularly. Next season is his age 34 campaign, signaling the end is near. It hasn’t arrived yet, though. If he believes he has a season or two of regular action left in him, Mr. Toms River is likely going to try to land with a team with fewer options at the hot corner.

Frazier is a guy a team undergoing a rebuild could consider as a starter. His experience as a locker room leader could go a long way toward improving the culture on and off the field. If winning is what The Toddfather desires, accepting a lesser role with a team like the Mets is his best option.

Next season, the Mets can play Davis or McNeil regularly at third base. They will also have Lowrie to eat up plenty of innings there. There’s not much use for Frazier as anything more than a part-time player. Barring some kind of a roster shake-up, playing time may be harder to find.

For what it’s worth, Frazier does seem to come up with clutch hits for the Mets. Usually, these are big home runs late in the game. As a pinch-hitter who starts maybe once a week, I like the idea of Frazier returning. He’s also a safety net if and when injuries occur.

The likelihood of us seeing Frazier in a Mets’ uniform again after this year is still highly doubtful.

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