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NY Mets: Five biggest challenges facing the Mets this offseason

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen with new manager Luis Rojas before being introduced to the media at Citi Field on January 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen with new manager Luis Rojas before being introduced to the media at Citi Field on January 24, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 19: Andres Gimenez #60 and Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets celebrate during the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on September 19, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets won 7-2. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

5) Who is the Mets starting shortstop in 2021?

The Mets starting shortstop situation oozes with possibilities for the 2021 campaign. After top prospect Andres Gimenez outplayed Amed Rosario for most of the season, many questions have arisen as to how the Mets should handle the shortstop position. With two very young and promising shortstops at the organization’s disposal, it may be very likely that they move one of the two this offseason for a position of need on the Major League roster.

There is also the possibility that the team makes a big splash this winter and secure a blockbuster trade this offseason with the Cleveland Indians for 26-year old superstar shortstop Francisco Lindor. That would be the type of move to send shockwaves through the baseball community and announce the arrival of new owner Steve Cohen in a grand fashion.

There have also been rumblings of potentially moving Amed Rosario to center field next season which I think would be a big mistake for a team that already tends to struggle defensively in addition to playing many players out of their natural position. If the team believes Rosario isn’t their shortstop of the future it may be the best move for the team to make him expendable this offseason.

Next. Is Trevor Bauer or J.T. Realmuto the bigger priority?

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The Mets certainly have a formidable challenge on their hands this winter when trying to figure out who will man the shortstop position. Whether the Mets make a deal for Lindor or choose to stick with one of their homegrown shortstops in Gimenez or Rosario, there will be many eyes from fans as well as other teams around the league as to how the Mets plan to handle their shortstop situation.

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