Fans often use the word “if” when discussing the 2014 New York Mets season. They have potential, but the team is made up of mainly young and unproven players. The two largest contracts, David Wright and Curtis Granderson, are key to the lineup, and top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler could be an ace. The most important players on the team would leave the biggest voids if they were not on the roster.
Imagine the Mets without Wright and Granderson. Who would play third base? Who is going to replace the long balls that Granderson is projected to launch? Significance to the team means long-term viability, a high ceiling and great expectations. Here is a list of the top five most important Mets players going into the 2014 MLB season.