Give New York Mets manager Terry Collins credit for keeping the competitive fires burning at Citi Field despite the team's financial problems, and injuries to its pitching ace and almost all of its best bats.
Nevertheless, it would take a miracle of greater proportions than the Amazin's of 1969 if this Mets team somehow got close enough to even sniff the postseason.
New York needs to bolster a farm system that has been heavily taxed and pare payroll so GM Sandy Alderson can take his best shot at retaining pending free-agent shortstop and National League MVP candidate Jose Reyes before he hits the open market.
Francisco Rodriguez has already been shipped to Milwaukee, so who's next? Here are five potential candidates to be dealt by the Mets as the July 31 trade deadline approaches.