The Mets continue to be on the cusp of playoff contention, but so far they have failed to prove that they can sustain success and get above .500. This limbo they are in is making people question whether they will be looking to deal players at the trade deadline, or if they will retain players.
Remember, if they keep the players, they do not come empty-handed if they walk away in the off-season. They will be compensated with draft picks for their top two free-agent hitters, Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. (Correction: Carlos Beltran has a "no arbitration" clause, which prevents the Mets or any other team he is traded to from offering him arbitration and therefore prevents the Mets or any other team from receiving draft pick compensation for Beltran. I apologize for the mistake.)
This off-season's free agents aren't the only players who may be traded. If the Mets let Reyes go, it is likely that they are going to re-structure the entire team. This means that players like David Wright, or maybe even Mike Pelfrey could be let go in a full-blown overhaul of the roster.
But, if they do become sellers, at the trade deadline or this summer, here are the five players the Mets could see the most return for in trade.