With July 31 getting closer and closer, these are the five biggest questions facing the Mets from now until the end of the season:
1. Start over or wait and see?
This one seemed obvious in April when the Mets started out 5-13, but since then, the Mets are 41-30 and in contention for a playoff spot. Sandy Alderson has said that he will not trade away the Mets’ big pieces if the team is in contention at the deadline. The fate of the players rests in ho they play the net three weeks. If they are ten or eleven games behind the Wild Card leader at the deadline, expect Beltran, K-Rod, and more to be traded.
2. Sign Reyes?
With recent hamstring problems, Jose Reyes’ price on the open market may be decreasing. The Mets are now able to sign Reyes to a long-term contract. However, do they actually want to sign Reyes? Don’t they have injury concerns, too? These questions will be answered in the coming months.
3. Future closer?
There are a bunch of directions the Mets could go with their closer situation. Here are some of their options:
- Trade K-Rod, use Bobby Parnell as closer
- Trade K-Rod, sign a free agent closer such as Heath Bell, Matt Capps, Mike Gonzalez, George Sherrill, or even Jonathan Papelbon
- Keep K-Rod, keep him from finishing 55 games, and sign him to an extension
4. Johan coming back?
The Mets need to figure out what’s happening with Johan Santana. Are they going to bring him back soon for the pennant race, or let him take his time? Johan hasn’t pitched a major league or minor league game this season, and has had multiple setbacks throughout the season. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is signed through 2013 with a $25 million team option in 2014. The team option could become a player option if Santana meets certain Cy Young Award voting criteria.
5. By, bye David?
Could the Mets actually consider trading David Wright? It probably won’t happen this season, but maybe this offseason, the Mets could move him in a big package. David has been striking out too much in the past few years, and has been very inconsistent since the Mets moved to Citi Field in 2009. It’s unlikely, but it is something that Sandy Alderson should consider.