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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: A New York Mets batting helmet in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 08: A New York Mets batting helmet in the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park on March 8, 2020 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Astros 3-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 03: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) General manager Sandy Alderson of the New York Mets looks on before a game against the Atlanta Braves during Opening Day at Citi Field on April 3, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Braves 6-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Steve Cohen and his bags of cash are walking through the door — Get ready New York Mets fans, we’re finally going to feel like the big market team we are!

It’s a strange new world for New York Mets fans; one where we can expect the good news, and not assume the worst. This change in ownership comes at a most opportune time when the team’s core group of players are either in (or entering) their prime playing years while a few of them will also soon be entering long-term contract negotiations.

These names include SP Noah Syndergaard and OF Michael Conforto in 2021-22, Brandon Nimmo and Seth Lugo in 2022-23, Amed Rosario in 2023-24, among other arbitration-eligible players like Dom Smith, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil that will partake in arbitration hearings during this time unless they’re signed to extensions before then.

Although it’s not a sure thing all of these players will still be wearing the orange and blue once their contracts expire, it is important to note that Steve Cohen’s new front office is coming into power at a time where they will have the ability to assess these young stars and decide how best to mold their roster into a championship team next season and beyond.

Overall, Mets fans can now expect money to be invested in proven star talent when the opportunity to sign such players arises. This makes all the difference in retaining and acquiring impact players that can catapult this franchise into the ranks of annual postseason contenders like other big market teams.

Fortunately, most of the pieces are already in place – and money will surely help the Mets keep them. However, here are three players that can put them over the top in the years to come.

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