Originally written December 21, 2011 on Mets Fever:
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If there is anything we've learned since the winter meetings, it is that the Mets' front office is willing to discuss a trade for anyone. Jon Niese, Justin Turner, Ike Davis...no one is safe, or so it would seem.

Due to the nature of the team's farm system, which is not in a position to immediately assist the big league club, and the seemingly stingy ownership group he is operating under, Sandy Alderson is looking to set a course towards better times in Flushing. Those better times are likely a few years down the road. There in lies the problem he faces.

A quick look at the current roster reveals only a select few who may still grace this franchise with their presence in just two years time. Jon Niese represents the only pitcher on the staff who is young, full of promise and under team control. Ike Davis and Lucas Duda, both young and under team control themselves, represent the only players on the roster with clout at the plate. It is their presence, as much as their skill set, that make them more valuable to the Mets than any other team they could be dealt to.

Sandy Alderson has been dealt the difficult task of rebuilding a team featuring so few players to build around. David Wright can exit via free agency, just as his close friend Jose Reyes did, following the 2013 season. Therefore, with the exception of the prospects to come, assuming the Mets don't find themselves with an unexpected windfall of money, Alderson only has these three young men to work with.

Exchanging their services for prospects at this point in time, leaves no one to play in their absence. None make enough money to provide the type of salary relief necessary for the team to be able to fill their void via free agency. So essentially, they're stuck! Bear in mind, that isn't in infer that the Mets, or we fans, should be upset that they're still with us, its just that due to their surroundings and circumstances, they're simply too valuable to part with.

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