Even should the Mets sweep the Phillies, I’m not buying it will have a great impact on what Sandy Alderson does with Carlos Beltran. If he gets a deal, he’ll take it, regardless of where the Mets are in the standings.
Make no mistake, the Mets are in the rebuilding mode Alderson vowed when he came to town. The Mets are playing better than anticipated, which has shed a different light on things in the eyes of the fans, but hasn’t altered Alderson’s plan.
The trade of Francisco Rodriguez, and the possible trading of Beltran, has been met with more resistance than expected largely because of the Mets playing .500 ball and Jose Reyes’ strong first half. Those two things have given the impression of the Mets being a contender, but they still have the same issues as they had coming out of spring training.