The Future Of The New York Mets

Matt PaoneContributor IApril 15, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 09:  Jenrry Mejia #32 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates Rod Bajaras #21 and Ruben Tejada #11 after defeating the Washington Nationals 8-2 on April 9, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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The Mets are off to a horrendous start of the season. The little optimism that once hovered over some Met fans have vanquished within weeks of opening day. Every game is like the same act, pitcher gets smacked around, little to no offense, bullpen does a good job in mop up work but not too good of a job in pressure situations. 

Met fans have been through a lot over the years, but this year has the potential to be one of the worse since the early 1990’s. This spells for the Metropolitans to possibly bring the future up a little earlier then the organization had anticipated.

I know it sounds crazy to have such drastic feelings so early in the baseball season, but the Mets have been playing with the same set of players for the last few years. Let’s give the Mets until the middle of June, by this time we should hope that they are at least a .500 ball club, and at least within five games of the wild card.

If this is the case then Met fans should be very happy because at least they will be getting a competitive ball club that might be willing to make a move or two to try to contend for the playoffs. However if they continue to struggle then I feel they should go for a youth movement like we see so many other bad teams do.

I will give 5 things that the Mets should do if they decide to go with a youth movement:

1) Bring Ike Davis up to the Bigs to play first base. Davis is a better hitter then Murphy and Jacobs; he is also a better fielder then both of them. He should be brought up even if the Mets are trying to contend for the playoffs.

2) Trade Luis Castillo for anything you can get, maybe some low level prospects that maybe they can develop in their farm system.

3) Call Ruben Tejada back up to play second base.

4) Bring up some young starting pitching, Brad Holt springs to mind, even if he is not completely major league ready it doesn’t matter because the Mets aren’t going anywhere if they are in a rebuilding phase.

5) This is going to come as the biggest shock to everyone. They should trade their best player Carlos Beltran.

Now the only way I think they should trade Beltran is if they feel that Fernando Martinez will be able to play center field, and also if they are truly in a rebuilding phase. Before they trade Beltran, they should have him play in enough games to show that he is healthy and that he can play at the high level that everyone is accustomed to seeing.

When Beltran is healthy he is arguably the best center fielder in baseball and the Mets will be able to get a lot in return for him. Only trade him if you are getting a couple of the top prospects in baseball, or one top prospect and a few mid-level prospects in return.

I still feel that the Mets have a chance to turn this season around, and at least play some meaningful games down the road. This article is just what I think they should do if the wheels completely fall off the wagon and there is absolutely no hope for them returning to their pre-2009 form.  All comments are appreciated.