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Ruben Tejada takes a swing before batting practice (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

Ruben Tejada takes a swing before batting practice during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Meet the Mets for 2013

Newsday beat writer Marc Carig gives a quick take on Mets players heading into the 2013 season.

SCOTT ATCHISON, relieverIt's not a glamorous job but
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SCOTT ATCHISON, reliever
It's not a glamorous job but somebody has to pitch the low-leverage innings. In this role, Atchison is battled-tested from his days in the AL East. |

MIKE BAXTER, outfielder Marlon Byrd squeezed Baxter out
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MIKE BAXTER, outfielder
Marlon Byrd squeezed Baxter out of the picture in right field. But if Byrd falters, Baxter would make sense as a platoon-mate against righthanded pitchers. |

JOHN BUCK, catcher The veteran may provide some
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JOHN BUCK, catcher
The veteran may provide some pop in a lineup that could use some. But he'll take a backseat as soon as prospect Travis d'Arnaud shows he’s ready. |

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GREG BURKE, reliever It has only been a
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GREG BURKE, reliever
It has only been a year since his conversion into a submariner. But if he continues generating Chad Bradford-esque groundball rates, the Mets might have found a huge bargain in Burke. |

MARLON BYRD, outfielder He looked awful last year
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MARLON BYRD, outfielder
He looked awful last year with the Cubs and Red Sox -- and that was before his PED suspension. But the Mets hope that a successful stint in winter ball revived his career. |

COLLIN COWGILL, outfielder Few enjoyed a stronger camp
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COLLIN COWGILL, outfielder
Few enjoyed a stronger camp than Cowgill, whose speed and athleticism put him in line for at least a platoon job in center field against lefthanded pitchers. |

IKE DAVIS, first baseman The days of real
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IKE DAVIS, first baseman
The days of real contention could come sooner if the slugging first baseman shows that he's capable of anchoring the middle of the lineup for a full season. |

LUCAS DUDA, outfielder Only if he makes good
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LUCAS DUDA, outfielder
Only if he makes good on his power potential will his subpar defense in left field be worthwhile for the Mets to stomach for a full season. |

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JOSH EDGIN, reliever He's homegrown and works cheap,
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JOSH EDGIN, reliever
He's homegrown and works cheap, which the Mets can use after blowing big bucks recently on bullpen busts. He'll have a chance to solidify his niche as a lefty specialist. |

JEURYS FAMILIA, reliever Though he hasn't worked out
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JEURYS FAMILIA, reliever
Though he hasn't worked out as a starting pitcher, he showed in spring training why the Mets believe his stuff might play up as a reliever. |

PEDRO FELICIANO, reliever Though he never threw a
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PEDRO FELICIANO, reliever
Though he never threw a pitch in two injury-plagued seasons with the Yankees, Feliciano has shown in camp that even after shoulder surgery, he's still no picnic for lefties. |

FRANK FRANCISCO, reliever In the best-case scenario, the
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FRANK FRANCISCO, reliever
In the best-case scenario, the Mets have themselves an overpriced seventh-inning guy. Worst case? The ex-closer's balky right elbow never feels quite right and the Mets get zero return for $6 million. |

DILLON GEE, starter Was Gee due for regression
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DILLON GEE, starter
Was Gee due for regression before a blood clot prematurely ended his season? Or was he ready to roll with his success? We'll find out now that he’s healthy again. |

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MATT HARVEY, starter Even if he regresses from
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MATT HARVEY, starter
Even if he regresses from the numbers he posted following last year's July callup, Harvey isn't going anywhere. His future as rotation mainstay is now. |

LATROY HAWKINS, reliever He may be 40, but
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LATROY HAWKINS, reliever
He may be 40, but make no mistake: the veteran still brings some heat. Hawkins has lost little off a low 90s fastball that he can command. |

JEREMY HEFNER, starter Every organization needs pitchers such
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JEREMY HEFNER, starter
Every organization needs pitchers such as Hefner, who has embraced life as a swingman. He'll begin the season in the rotation but could stick as a long reliever and spot starter. |

BRANDON LYON, reliever The veteran roared back last
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BRANDON LYON, reliever
The veteran roared back last year -- finding a way to up his strikeout rate -- just one season removed from shoulder issues. Smart signing by the Mets. |

SHAUN MARCUM, starter When he's healthy, Marcum lives
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SHAUN MARCUM, starter
When he's healthy, Marcum lives up to his reputation as a savvy righthander who gets outs despite limited stuff. Of course, he has rarely been healthy. |

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DANIEL MURPHY, second baseman Nobody will mistake him
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DANIEL MURPHY, second baseman
Nobody will mistake him for a Gold Glover. But he showed major growth by simply learning to handle his duties at second base. |

JONATHON NIESE, starter He's no ace, but the
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JONATHON NIESE, starter
He's no ace, but the world needs good mid-rotation guys, too. The Mets' Opening Day starter has shown all the signs of settling into that role. |

KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, outfielder During camp, he could have
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KIRK NIEUWENHUIS, outfielder
During camp, he could have solidified his claim to start in center field. Instead, he suffered a bone bruise on a routine slide into second base. |

BOBBY PARNELL, closer He's endured mixed results in
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BOBBY PARNELL, closer
He's endured mixed results in his previous attempts as a closer. But this is the first time he's trying it with the devastating curveball he learned from Jason Isringhausen last season. |

OMAR QUINTANILLA, utility He proved himself to be
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OMAR QUINTANILLA, utility
He proved himself to be a steady utilityman with the Mets and Orioles last season. His ability to play shortstop will give him a chance to reprise the role this year. |

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ANTHONY RECKER, catcher A typical backup catcher --
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ANTHONY RECKER, catcher
A typical backup catcher -- solid behind the plate and a non-factor at the plate. He'll likely be out of a spot once Travis d'Arnaud gets promoted. |

JOHAN SANTANA, starter If it wasn't already clear
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JOHAN SANTANA, starter
If it wasn't already clear that both sides can't wait for this arrangement to be finished, this spring's shoulder fatigue drama removed all doubt. |

RUBEN TEJADA, shortstop He'll be surely miscast as
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RUBEN TEJADA, shortstop
He'll be surely miscast as a top-of-the-lineup hitter. But that shouldn't detract from the fact that he's grown into a solid big-league shortstop. |

JUSTIN TURNER, utility An everyday player he is
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JUSTIN TURNER, utility
An everyday player he is not. But Turner's pinch-hitting ability off the bench and his versatility in the field will surely help him find some playing time. |

JORDANY VALDESPIN, outfielder His athleticism and clear knack
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JORDANY VALDESPIN, outfielder
His athleticism and clear knack for the game also comes with a long track record of maturity issues. But the Mets can make use of his talent. |

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DAVID WRIGHT, third baseman Will be interesting to
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DAVID WRIGHT, third baseman
Will be interesting to watch how the Mets' new captain handles the weighty expectations that come with a weighty paycheck from his eight-year, $138-million extension. |

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