Whether You Like It or Not, It's Time for the Mets to Start Rebuilding Again

Sergio ValdezContributor IIMay 25, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Jose Reyes #7 and David Wright #5 of the New York Mets take the field against the San Francisco Giants on May 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Giants 5-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Fred Wilpon controversy that has reared it's ugly head in the past week should be the least of the Mets worries right now. Bottom line is this team hasn't won anything in a long time and probably won't do so anytime soon either. It's been one huge mess for this organization and right now things aren't going to get better.

The most obvious problem is the lack of production on the field. This team has had plenty of talent in the past few years, but nothing to show for it. Bad management, injuries, and underachieving have been key factors in the Mets downfall the past few years. Unfortunately, they aren't going to finish higher than 4th anytime soon.

Jason Bay has done nothing in his time in New York, Wright isn't the same player he was from 2005-2008, and the pitching has been terrible.

Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran (the only players on this team who are producing right now) are both going to be free agents after this year. We knew Beltran wouldn't come back, but it would be hard to see fan favorite Jose Reyes go. As hard as that might be, the Mets may have no choice but to trade him. They have almost no financial stability and are continuing to lose money, which means they can't re-sign Reyes despite the great season he is having. Combine that with the fact that finding a great shortstop in baseball is very rare, especially when he's arguably the third best shortstop in baseball.

Trading Reyes would bring in prospects that would greatly improve the depleted farm system and allow the Mets to save money. Trading Beltran is also a must as well. He has an OPS of .900, he's finally healthy thanks to the easier workload in right field, and he's in the last year of his contract anyway. There is a 0 percent chance Beltran's a Met next year. With the way he's playing now, trading him could also bring in some good young players and further improve the farm system.

The most controversial trade rumors involve Mets third-basemen David Wright—the face of this franchise. Many fans are opposed to trading him, but he has the most trade value out of anyone on the team. He's under contract after this year and despite his struggles, he's still a top five third-basemen in all of baseball. I wouldn't like to see Wright go at all, but if the Wright deal comes along, then it's probably for the best that they pull the trigger.

The Mets aren't going to win anything soon anyway. Not with underachieving veterans, losing talented players after this year, and no money to sign free agents. This is a great time for these younger players to develop and become the future of this team. Trading any combination(s) of Wright/Beltran/Reyes and surrounding the players you get back in that trade with Ike Davis, Matt Harvey, Jenrry Mejia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and other youngsters can make this team a contender down the road.

However, Met fans will have to be patient. Even that's asking for too much. But would you really want to see washed up, 30-something year old players at Citi Field for numerous years or up and coming younger players who are the future of this team?