By writing this I understand I'm taking my life in my hands, but it's important for Mets fans to acknowledge that Wright and Reyes are giving many indications of no longer being the players they were at their respective peaks.
With regard to David Wright there's a good chance now, certainly more so than there was at the beginning of the year, that Wright is a fundamentally different player than he was through the end of the 2008 season. Pro rating his 2010 season he's looking at a 4.6 WAR year following a 3.4 WAR year in 2009. At this point the Mets would be foolish to plan ahead using the assumption that Wright is the player he was through 2008, because he's certainly not playing at anything like the level that player did.
As for Reyes, his 2009 season was destroyed by injury, and he began this season with a thyroid problem that may well have affected his play. To date he's been worth a very pedestrian 1.7 wins, and has hit worse than he has since 2005. The numbers and my entirely subjective opinion also agree that his fielding is off. He's not terrible by any means, but he's not quite average, either. To put it simply, among the Mets very real problems now is that Wright and Reyes are both no longer the players they were through 2008:
Reyes, 2003-2010: 2.2, 0.4, 2.0, 5.7, 5.5, 6.0, 0.8, 2.3 (pro rated)
Wright, 2004-2010: ...... 2.3, 5.8, 4.9, 8.6, 7.6, 3.4, 4.6 (pro rated)
Last year Wright and Reyes were worth around 10 wins less than they were at their combined peak, fully half the team's drop off from the previous season, 2008. This year the drop off from their peak is 7 wins, or right around the margin by which the Mets are trailing for the wild card. This is NOT a 'traid the core' piece, but it IS an attempt to realistically highlight a very serious problem, that the Mets two best position players are no longer playing at anything like their peak levels. Given how impossible GM Omar Minaya has found it to fill in around the team's stars with average players whose skills would not render irrelevant the production of its stars, this continuing, nearly two-year, substantial drop off in the performance of Wright and Reyes should send chills down our collective spine concerning the Mets chances of contending in 2011.