At 28-31, the Mets are defying what was supposed to be the script for the 2011 season.
What was supposed to happen, of course, was that they'd be out of contention by the trade deadline. Then, Sandy Alderson would have the green light to clean house and drastically shift the organizational philosophy for the first time in years.
As fate would have it, the Amazins' are sticking around.
They currently find themselves within shouting distance of the division-leading Phillies, sitting seven games behind their rivals, while pacing themselves in the Wild Card race at just five games back of the front-running Brewers. The Metropolitans are keeping themselves in the playoff picture, ever so slightly, but enough to make ownership think twice before gutting the roster at the midway point of the season.
However, if the Mets do in fact begin to falter and distance themselves from the playoff hunt, Alderson & Co. will have no choice but implode the roster and finally rid the organization of the many high priced and underachieving carry overs from the Minaya administration.
With that said, here are five players the Mets could look to move come July 31st.