New York Mets: 3 Players That Must Step Up in Carlos Beltran's Absence

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New York Mets: 3 Players That Must Step Up in Carlos Beltran's Absence
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It's no easy task to replace a player that produced the way Carlos Beltran did for the Mets in 2011.

Beltran rediscovered the fountain of youth and was in the midst of a career year, perhaps his finest since 2008, when the Mets traded him to the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday. 

The right fielder led the Mets in home runs with 15, as well as in the RBI department with 66. 

However, the trade of Beltran does not have to translate into the termination of the Mets' season. As we saw last night, this Mets offense is more than capable of producing without Carlos, pending breakout performances from other offensive sources. 

Let's take a look at the three players that must step up in Carlos Beltran's absence if the Mets wish to continue flirting with contention. 

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