Being in the off-season it's interesting to see where exactly the team will head to fill voids in their roster. May it be through acquiring free agents, bringing up players from the minors, or moving players to bring better fitting ones it, it's certainly going to be one in which the ball club's fans will be watching closely. While in most cases, the Mets' faithful want the team to bring people in to show that they are making an attempt to improve, the best move may be to make no move at all. As we've seen this being the case in our recent "big named" free agents to come in. However, as we also will see, sometimes it's better to not trade the pieces you may already have…
5. Josh Reynolds, Bobby Jones, and Jason Bay for Steve Reed and Jason Middlebrook-
- Ok, so you may saying to yourself it sounds like looking at things now it was a reletively even break. However, it was not too long ago that Jason Bay was a great player. On July 31, 2002, the Mets made this trade without knowing that they could have had a young and power hitting Jason Bay to go along with Jose Reyes, David Wright, and eventually Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado. After the trade, Bay would go on to hit .282, 26 home runs, 82 RBI's and the 2004 Rookie of the Year title. Each of the following seasons Bay would go on to put up impressive numbers, until of course, coming back to the New York Mets. And now…gone once again.
4. Roger McDowell, Tom Edens, and Lenny Dykstra for Juan Samuel –
- As a Mets fan I strongly hate when the Phillies make out better than us. Especially in a trade…involving us. June 18, 1989, in an attempt to bolster their infield the Mets traded relief pitchers Tom Edens and fan-favorite Roger McDowell, along with one of the team's most memorable and popular players, Lenny Dykstra. In a time where the team needs good relievers in a pretty bad way, McDowell was a good as a reliable bullpen guy there was. As he registered 22 saves, with an ERA in the lower 3's in the 1986 World Series team. Speaking of which Dykstra, signature moment of that 1986 season came in the epic walk-off home run in Game 3 against the Houston Astros in the NLCS. However, Dykstra, for fans who remember, will always be remembered for his spark plug type play, hustle, and grit. On the other end, while Juan Samuel, a former rookie of the year, had a pretty good career for the Philadelphia Phillies, upon coming to the Mets at best fizzled. While McDowel and Dykstra went on to have several great seasons for the Phillies. To be fair however, as much of a loved character Lenny Dykstra was, he was also a controversial figure on a team that had a bunch of flawed characters.
3. Jason Isringhausen for Billy Taylor -
- Armando Benitez. I feel that's all I have to say to Mets fans. In all fairness to Benitez he wasn't "that bad," however a deal that was, is the one that occurred in 1999 during the middle of the season. The team traded Jason Isringhausen to the Oakland Athletics for Billy Taylor, a propect in the A's (Athletics) farm system. To be fair Isringhause wasn't the best reliever at the time, but after being traded and playing for the A's for two years, he would make his way to the Cardinals and become one of the game's best closers. While we got left with well….Benitez.
2. Nolan Ryan, Don Rose, Francisco Estrada, and Leroy Stanton for Jim Fregosi –
- No disrespect to the other guys, but I just feel I have say we had Nolan Ryan. The Mets not only had Nolan Ryan, but also Tom Seaver on the same team. We also had Jerry Koosman….Ryan was traded from New York to the California Angels on December 10, 1971.
1. "The Midnight Massacre" Tom Seaver (and Dave Kingman) for Doug Flynn, Pat Zachry, Steve Henderson, and Dan Norman –
- The original Mr. Met and the franchise's possible greatest player ever, Tom Seaver as he does now, meant everything to the Mets as the face of the franchise. From being named Rookie of the year in 1967 to becoming a member of the 300 win club, Seaver was just impressive. Unfortunately for the Mets, they would miss some great parts of a storied and an Amazin' career. Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1977, where he would throw three no-hitters and make three All-Star teams. Fortunately for the Mets though his other accolades would be for other teams, his Hall Of Fame entry would be as a Met. The only player to do so.
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