1. A contender for Carlos
If the Mets fall out of the playoff race, they’ll have little need for Carlos Beltran, and it makes little sense for Sandy Alderson to keep him through the remainder of the season. Contractually, Beltran can’t be offered arbitration, so no draft picks if he doesn’t re-sign. The Mets need to trade Beltran for either salary relief or a prospect.
2. Closing arguments
Now that Francisco Rodriguez has been traded to the Brewers, will Bobby Parnell sink or swim in the closer’s role? Parnell throws 100 mph – a rare asset – but has only one career save, and that was two years ago. If Parnell falters, Jason Isringhausen is only seven short of 300 saves for his career, so he has the experience – if not the same fastball.
3. Remember these guys?
The Mets are planning to have a few of their key players back for the second half, but which ones? Jose Reyes (hamstring) and David Wright (back) have the best chance of returning, followed by Ike Davis and maybe Johan Santana. Davis is showing progress from the bone bruise, but Santana, with his methodical rehab, probably won’t be back until September, if at all.