The names are obvious, but with equally clear reasons why something won't get done: Barry Zito -- Oakland is in first place and insists on outfield prospect Lastings Milledge; Dontrelle Willis -- the rebuilding Marlins want to do it with young pitching and it makes no sense to help the Mets; and Washington's Livan Hernandez -- he's inconsistent.
If they don't do anything, Randolph said he has confidence in what he has.
"I'll go to bat with what I have," Randolph said. "I have confidence in my boys."
The Mets currently have two rookies, John Maine and Mike Pelfrey, in their rotation, but the former has been more effective and is likely to stick if Pedro Martinez makes a successful return to the rotation.
REPLAY: Pedro Martinez was reinstated from the disabled list Friday night and gave up four runs on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts in a 6-4 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Martinez gave up four runs in the first and then settled down to work six innings.
General manager Omar Minaya said the team needed to see Martinez pitch before the trade deadline, and his recovery from the first outing could lessen the urgency to make a deal.
Martinez, who gave up eight runs in three innings in a loss at Boston on June 28, had been on the disabled list with inflammation of the right hip, with his return slowed by a bout of food poisoning.
BY THE NUMBERS: 81 -- Percentage of successful stolen base attempts for the Mets.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I told them to get Dontrelle (Willis) and (Johan) Santana and everything will be all right." -- Mets LHP Tom Glavine's joking response when asked what advice he would tell the front office at the trade deadline.