The Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. For the New York Mets, it was a non-event, but maybe that's a good thing. Realistically, it's time for the Mets to forget about making the playoffs this season and look forward to the future. On that note, here are five players on the team's current MLB roster who can be building blocks for next season.
Jordany Valdespin (OF) -- Valdespin is unproven as an everyday player and wasn't considered a big prospect coming up in the minors. However, the 24-year old utility player has made his mark this season with a franchise-record five pinch-hit home runs. The Mets should give Valdespin, who the team signed as an amateur free agent in 2007, an opportunity to play every day in 2013.
Matt Harvey (SP) -- Even before his electric Major League debut on July 26, Harvey was considered one of the Mets' top prospects. His 13-strikeout start against the Arizona Diamondbacks did nothing to disprove that notion. With Johan Santana past his prime, the Mets will need an ace to anchor their rotation for the next few years. Harvey (or top prospect Zack Wheeler) could be the answer.
Jonathon Niese (SP) -- The Mets signed the underrated Niese to a five-year contract extension earlier this season, so they must think highly of him. The 25-year-old lefty may not be a top-of-the-rotation pitcher (yet), but he's a quality arm with upside. Niese can be a solid No. 2 or No. 3 pitcher for the team for years to come. Simply put, you don't give up on young, left-handed pitchers.
Ike Davis (1B) -- His stock has dropped this year, but Davis remains one of the Mets' best young players. The 25-year-old had a strong rookie season and his promising sophomore campaign was cut short by injury, so let's give him a pass for the first half of 2012. He'll figure out how to hit 25-30 home runs and drive in between 80-90 runs per season. Plus, he's an above-average fielder.
David Wright (3B) -- The man should have been given a contract extension a long time ago, but hopefully the Mets will do the right thing and lock up Wright in the offseason. The team's All-Star third baseman is the face of the franchise and still capable of carrying the team for long stretches. If the Mets trade or don't extend Wright, they shouldn't even bother fielding a team next season.
Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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