The Mets need Cliff Lee right now to keep them in the playoff race. With R.A. Dickey and Hisanori Takahashi pitching bad the last two starts.
Takahashi received a no decision after scuffling through another start that ended in a Mets defeat. Takahashi had a second straight brutal outing, surrendering six earned runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings.
It came after he allowed six runs over four innings in a loss to the Tigers last week. Takahashi has alternated between excellent and abysmal in eight starts since the Mets banished Oliver Perez to the bullpen, and then to the disabled list, for his maddening inconsistency.
The Mets value Lee as a rental player - yes, they'd like to resign him, but they looking at him like any other free agent, knowing he's going to test the open market and seek at least a five-year deal.
Wilmer Flores is one of the Mets prospects coming up but, he at least five years away from entering the Major Leagues.
The Mets already have Jose Reyes at shortstop for those five years. The Mets could switch Flores to second base but, he still too young.
The time is now to win and make a move stay in first place. Cliff Lee is the answer to all the Mets problems.