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New York Mets Bench: What it could look like on Opening Day

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets gestures that a hit from teammate Amed Rosario's hit was a solo home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 20: Dominic Smith #22 of the New York Mets gestures that a hit from teammate Amed Rosario's hit was a solo home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL – MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have plenty of depth heading into the 2020 season. Let’s take a look at what the bench could look like with the players currently with the organization.

With New York Mets Spring Training fast approaching, I know that most baseball fans are starting to get goosebumps with all the anticipation for the 2020 baseball season to finally begin. In a couple of weeks, we will be able to enjoy the bright Florida sun from our televisions as we settle in and watch our first spring training action of the new year. That bright Florida sun does warm up our living rooms, even though the temperature outside is still in the 35 to 40-degree range up in the Northeast.

As a lifelong Queens, New York native the start of spring training will always signify to me the gradual progression of winter into spring and the start of the baseball season.

I am pleased that the Mets roster is filled with young, homegrown talent that should continue to improve and eventually bring us to the promised land. Yes, we could have improved the defense and the bullpen a little more, but coming off 86 wins you don’t want to break what’s not broken.

That being said, I wasn’t looking to have the front office break the entire roster, but to just tweak it a bit, so we can have some better support for our great starting pitching staff. At this moment it does seem like most of the starting spots have been set, with the only questions that remain, being how will the bench come together including this new intriguing 26th man role, which is a new rule that will go into effect this year.

How do you fill that 26th spot? Do you look for a defensive specialist who can backup multiple positions? Do you add a veteran big bat to be an additional pinch hitter in possible clutch situations? Do you carry a third catcher, one that is possibly a defensive stalwart and/or one who can also swing the stick?

Or possibly look for someone with great speed with stolen base talent to get that runner to second base after the leadoff batter walks or singles in the ninth inning? I think that depends on the other four players that are on the bench, so let’s look to break down the bench for the 2020 Mets.

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