As much as I would like to see the Mets get themselves back into wild-card contention by the All Star break, it’s not going to happen. The Mets have upcoming series against the Marlins and Phillies which they can win, and maybe they can get close to .500 by the halfway point. But is a .500 record enough to be buyers at the trading deadline? Unfortunately the answer is no. This season is lost, and now the Mets have to plan for the future.

There is no shortage of trade candidates. Many of them are in the last year of their contract and likely wouldn't be part of the Mets' future plans anyway. From Jay Bruce to Curtis Granderson to Lucas Duda to Neil Walker to Asdrubal Cabrera, they could all be valuable bats to a contender at the trade deadline. Then, there are perhaps more difficult decisions to be made on players like Travis d'Arnaud, Matt Harvey and even Jacob deGrom.