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Way too early Mets 26-man roster prediction for 2023 MLB season

Buck Showalter, Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, and Billy Eppler

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The Mets, who have had a tremendous offseason while rebuilding much of the team that won 101 games last season, appear largely set roster-wise with less than a month to go until pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

The exception, of course, is that they’re still without the one more hitter owner Steve Cohen said they “needed.” Cohen of course made that comment when the team came to terms with Carlos Correa (before the deal fell apart over concerns about Correa’s ankle). And the Mets did not replace Correa with a similar offensive player — or even someone who profiles as a starter.

So as spring training gets closer, and with the Mets still in need of more offense (regardless of how GM Billy Eppler recently spun it), perhaps they’ll pull off a surprise trade.

But the guess here is that the roster they have now is basically the one they’ll enter the season with. If that’s the case, they’ll have to hope that one of their young players emerges as a lineup option and/or be aggressive ahead of the trade deadline.

And the need for more punch in the lineup colored our way too early Mets 26-man roster prediction, which is below…

REGULAR LINEUP

Omar Narvaez/Francisco Alvarez, C
Pete Alonso, 1B
Jeff McNeil, 2B
Francisco Lindor, SS
Eduardo Escobar, 3B
Mark Canha, LF
Brandon Nimmo, CF
Starling Marte, RF
Alvarez/Daniel Vogelbach/Tommy Pham, DH

Aside from the catching and third base situations, which we’ll delve into below, the Mets’ regular lineup is set.

Most days, it will include Alonso, McNeil, Lindor, Nimmo, Marte, Canha, and Vogelbach.

While McNeil should get most of his starts at second base, the Mets have the option to use him in the corner outfield when they so choose. So they can get creative with lineup combinations that include McNeil in the outfield and a different configuration at second base and/or third base.

That takes us to the hot corner.

Oct 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar (10) reacts after hitting a RBI single in the seventh inning during game two of the Wild Card series against the San Diego Padres for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 8, 2022; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar (10) reacts after hitting a RBI single in the seventh inning during game two of the Wild Card series against the San Diego Padres for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / © Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Escobar struggled for most of the 2022 season, but he erupted in September as his bat came alive and he was named the National League Player of the Month.

There’s a case to be…

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