Broadly speaking, Rubin is probably right: New York has a lot of money tied up in a few players, many of whom (Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay) are major question marks. That said, not all hope is lost in Queens. In fact, I can think of at least five good reasons why the Mets could easily make the playoffs next year.
1hDon Van Natta Jr.
12mESPN FC Staff/Mark Yesilevskiy
6hPhotography by Sara Naomi Lewkowicz and Cassandra Giraldo