Rapidly declining in both payroll and promise, the New York Mets have moves to make to regain their place amongst the elite Major League Baseball's hierarchy. Armed with a combination of minor league talent that could be valuable trading chips and veterans ready to help out potential playoff teams, the Mets have the necessary expendables to make a variety of deals.
Whether they choose to rebuild through trades or swap one of their superstars with another (the Yankees and Mariners already proved it can be done this offseason), the Mets should make moves to bring buzz and excitement back to Queens. The only player who should be off the trading block is David Wright. The face of the franchise and at an all-time low in trade value after an injury-plagued season, he stuck with the Mets through the good and the bad. The franchise owes him the same respect.
While keeping Wright in New York, here are five potential ideas for the Mets to consider for the 2012 season.