Best New York Mets Trades 2001-2008
Lew Rhodes asked me to go back into the Mets history books and make a list of all the great trades the Mets made from 1962 to present I chose to attack this by first looking at the period between 2001-2008, a period that all of us currently would have an attachment to. After looking at those results, I chose to stop there.
First of all, the Mets just don’t make a lot of trades. And, secondly, the ones they have made have either not gone the way they wanted them to or they were considered small potatoes.
Here are the best over these eight years:
12/27/01 Acquired 1B Mo Vaughn and cash from the Angels for P Kevin Appier
Vaughn only played 2002 (487-AB, 26-HR, .259) and parts of 2003 (79-AB, .190) for the Mets.
Appier had one good year for the Angels (2002, 14-12, 3.93, was then traded to the Royals and eventually faded away in 2006.
Advantage Mets due to the 26 home runs.
1/4/06 Acquired RHP Duaner Sanchez and RHP Steve Schmoll from the Dodgers in exchange for RHP Jae Seo and LHP Tim Hamulack
Sanchez pitched two seasons for the Mets, 2006 (5-1, 2.62, 49-appearances) and 2008 (5-1, 4.34, 66-appearances He ended his pro career with San Diego in 2009.
Seo was basically a bust after leaving the Mets (2006: Rays, 1-8, 5.00… the Dodgers 2-4, 4.78… and back with the Rays in 2007 (3-4, 8.13).
Again, not a blockbuster, and much more famous for his cab ride, but advantage Mets.
7/31/06 Acquired RHP Roberto Hernandez and LHP Oliver Perez from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for OF Xavier Nady
Hernandez pitched two years for the Mets, 2005 (8-6, 2.57, 67-G) and 2006 (0-0, 3.43, 22-G). Olive pitched five good year for the Mets, winning 29 games from 2006-2010.
Nady went on to eight more years, including last season. The last three teams he played for were the Giants (2012: .240), the Nats (2012: .157) and San Diego (2014: .135).
Not a blockbuster deal but advantage Mets.
7/30/07 Acquired 2B Luis Castillo from the Twins in exchange for non roster C Drew Butera and non-roster OF Dustin Martin.
This is an easy one.
Castillo played four years for the Mets and finished his career as the Mets (2007-2010) starting second baseman. His highlight year was his third as a Met (2009: 486-AB, .302).
Butera is a defensive specialist that is still banging around the league. He hit .188 for the Dodgers last season. Martin never made it to the pros and actuall returned to the Mets chain in 2012, playing for Binghamton and Buffalo.
This was an excellent trade for the Mets.
(I remember this day, going to Grayson Stadium with the confirmation of the trade. I gave the piece of paper to Tim Tuefel who didn't say a word. He was obviously upset and never offered an explanation for his silence. He eventually gave me back the piece of paper and went on to practice)
11/30/07 Acquired OF Ryan Church and C Brian Schneider from the Washington Nationals in exchange for OF Lastings Milledge.
Church played two seasons for the Mets… 2008 (319-AB, .276) and 2009 (232-AB, .280). He was, at best, disappointing as a Met and finished his career the following season for Arizona and Pittsburgh.
Schneider was even more disappointing, hitting .257 (335-AB) in 2008 and .218 (170-AB) in 2009.
The good news was Lastings was a complete bust. He’s banging around Japan for the last three seasons and, thankfully, we’ve seen the last of him.
1/5/08 Acquired OF Angel Pagan from the Cubs for non-roster OF Corey Coles and non-roster RHP Ryan Meyers
This is easier than the Castillo trade.
Pagan, though often injured, remains a star of the game. He’s the starting center fielder for the Giants.
Coles career ended in 2008. He never got out of AAA. Meyers career also ended in 2008, the year he was traded.
Big, big advantage Mets.
2/2/08 Acquired LHP Johan Santana from the Twins for OF Carlos Gomez, RHP Deolis Guerra, RHP Philip Humber and RHP Kevin Mulvey
This trade really comes down to Santana vs. Gomez and I’m sure some will vote the other way, but Santana brought to the Mets the respect the team didn’t have for years. 46 wins in four seasons, including the team’s first no hitter.
In defense of Gomez, he has become an all-star centerfielder (2013 Brewers: .284, 24-HR, 73-RBI and 2014 Brewers: .284, 23-HR, 73-RB), but I’m sticking with Johan.
Beyond these, nothing. Not even close, and I’d turn your stomach if I broke out all the trades that went the wrong way.
Again, the Mets don’t trade very often and maybe it’s because they haven’t been very good at it.