Breaking Down New York Mets' Key Position Battles

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Breaking Down New York Mets' Key Position Battles
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As the Grapefruit League season progresses in Florida, the New York Mets are one of spring's most interesting teams. 

No, not just because their general manager, Sandy Alderson, think the team can win 90 games, per John Harper of the New York Daily News. That juicy tidbit is enough to sell papers in New York, but not quite enough to pique day-to-day interest in exhibition games.

In order to keep fans captivated through meaningless games of March, roster intrigue is a must.

For the 2014 Mets, that intrigue is in abundance in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and throughout parks around the Grapefruit League.

On the surface, watching a high-profile arm like Noah Syndergaard is enough to excite, but the 21-year-old is likely ticketed for more seasoning in the minors. 

Beyond phenoms, there are five position battles for manager Terry Collins to decide on before Opening Day.

If the Mets are going to come close to cracking the 80-win plateau for the first time since 2008—let alone surpassing the 90-win mark—they'll need to field the best 25-man roster possible.

With five key battles highlighting spring training, there's much to be decided before the Mets head north to fulfill internal and external expectations in 2014. 

 

Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs, unless otherwise noted. All contract figures courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts. Arbitration numbers and projections courtesy of MLB Trade Rumors. Roster projections courtesy of MLB Depth Charts.

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