Can the Mets just give up on 2010 and work on giving us fans some hope for the future? I'd say keep Wright, Reyes, Davis, Pelfrey, Thole and Mejia and deal everyone else who can be dealt.
Beltran, Bay, Rodriguez and Castillo probably won't bring in prospects but at least they could be moved in a salary dump to a contender who can make better use of their skills. And please understand that I am not hating on Beltran. He's a great player, he has been worth his contract, and the post-ASB collapse is not his fault, but a player of Beltran's caliber and contract is a luxury worthwhile only for teams that have an actual chance of making the playoffs. The Mets are not such a team.
Santana may not be quite the ace he was in 2007, but still he's very good. Some big-market team contender would surely be willing to take on his salary and trade the Mets some nice prospects.
Pagan and Dickey are cheap and having career years. Now I think is the time to sell high to a middle-market team like the Cards or Twins that maybe can't take on much salary but can spare some prospects to shore up a playoff run.
Any salary savings should be passed on to the fans in the form of reduced ticket prices. Please I hope the Mets can be a seller at this deadline. There is now less than a week left . . .