While waiting for the Mets to do something, I’ve put together a list of what I think are the five best and worst trades in Mets’ history.
If you can think of something else, let us know.
Five Best Mets Trades
Keith Hernandez: On June 15, 1983, the Mets acquired Hernandez from St. Louis for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey. Hernandez arguably was the most significant position player during the MetsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ run in the mid-to-late 1980s.
Mike Piazza: On May 22, 1998, the Mets acquired Piazza from Florida for Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz. Piazza became the all-time home run hitter for a catcher and is a future Hall of Famer.
Lee Mazzilli: On April 1, 1982, the Mets traded Mazzilli to Texas for Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. The Mets later traded Terrell to Detroit for Howard Johnson. Darling and Johnson developed into key players on the teams in the late 1980s.
David Cone: On March 27, 1987, Cone was acquired from Kansas City for Ed Hearn and Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo. Cone would win 80 games, including 15 shutouts, for the Mets in the next five-and-a-half seasons.
Gary Carter: On December 10, 1984, Carter was traded by Montreal to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans. Carter played on the 1986 championship team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Five Worst Mets Trades
Tom Seaver: On June 15, 1977, the Mets traded “The Franchise,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ a future Hall of Famer and 300-game winner to Cincinnati for a handful of trivia question answers: Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. Enough said.
Nolan Ryan: On December 10, 1971, Ryan was traded by the Mets, along with Frank Estrada, Don Rose and Leroy Stanton for Jim Fregosi. In theory, the deal made sense because the Mets needed a third baseman and Ryan was erratic and uncomfortable in New York. But, who is to say Ryan couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have found himself? He did find his control and a way to win over 300 games.
Mike Scott: On December 10, 1982, Scott was traded to Houston for outfielder Danny Heep. Scott became a three-time All-Star and won at least 16 games four times for the Astros.
David Cone: On August 27, 1992, the Mets sent Cone to Toronto for Ryan Thompson and Jeff Kent. The Mets then compounded that mistake by trading Kent, who has hit over 360 homers, to Cleveland for Carlos Baerga.
Scott Kazmir: On July 30, 2004, the Mets sent this first-round pick along with Jose Diaz to Tampa Bay for Bartolome Fortunato and Victor Zambrano. KazmirÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career is a work in progress, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s already been an All-Star and ZambranoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Met career is over.