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What are the 5 worst trades in Mets history?


Worst trades in Mets history  

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  1. 1. What is the # 1 worst trade in Mets history?

    • Dec 1971: RHP Nolan Ryan & 3 others to California Angels for 1B/3B Jim Fregosi
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    • Jun 1977: RHP Tom Seaver to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Pat Zachry & 3 others
    • Jun 1989: CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell & 1 other to Philadelphia Phillies for CF Juan Samuel
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    • Dec 1969: CF Amos Otis & RHP Bob Johnson to Kansas City Royals for 3B Joe Foy
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    • Dec 1975: 1B/RF Rusty Staub & 1 other to Detroit Tigers for LHP Mickey Lolich & 1 other
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    • Apr 1972: RF Ken Singleton, INF Tim Foli, & 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen to Montreal Expos for 1B/RF Rusty Staub
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    • Dec 1982: RHP Mike Scott to Houston Astros for 1B/OF Danny Heep
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    • Aug 1992: RHP David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for INF Jeff Kent & OF Ryan Thompson
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    • May 1981: RHP Jeff Reardon & 1 other to Montreal Expos for RF Ellis Valentine
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    • Jul 1999: RHP Jason Isringhausen & 1 other to Oakland A's for RHP Billy Taylor
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    • Jun 2013: RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Rockies for 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.
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    • Jul 2004: LHP Scott Kazmir & 1 other to Tampa Bay Devil Rays for RHP Victor Zambrano & RHP Bartolome Fortunato
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    • Dec 2001: RHP Kevin Appier to Anaheim Angels for 1B Mo Vaughn
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    • Jul 2011: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Danny Herrera & 1 other
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    • Dec 2018: OF Jarred Kelenic, 1B/OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn & 2 others to Mariners for RHP Edwin Diaz & 2B Robinson Cano
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  2. 2. What is the # 2 worst trade in Mets history?

    • Dec 1971: RHP Nolan Ryan & 3 others to California Angels for 1B/3B Jim Fregosi
    • Jun 1977: RHP Tom Seaver to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Pat Zachry & 3 others
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    • Jun 1989: CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell & 1 other to Philadelphia Phillies for CF Juan Samuel
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    • Dec 1969: CF Amos Otis & RHP Bob Johnson to Kansas City Royals for 3B Joe Foy
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    • Dec 1975: 1B/RF Rusty Staub & 1 other to Detroit Tigers for LHP Mickey Lolich & 1 other
    • Apr 1972: RF Ken Singleton, INF Tim Foli, & 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen to Montreal Expos for 1B/RF Rusty Staub
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    • Dec 1982: RHP Mike Scott to Houston Astros for 1B/OF Danny Heep
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    • Aug 1992: RHP David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for INF Jeff Kent & OF Ryan Thompson
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    • May 1981: RHP Jeff Reardon & 1 other to Montreal Expos for RF Ellis Valentine
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    • Jul 1999: RHP Jason Isringhausen & 1 other to Oakland A's for RHP Billy Taylor
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    • Jun 2013: RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Rockies for 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.
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    • Jul 2004: LHP Scott Kazmir & 1 other to Tampa Bay Devil Rays for RHP Victor Zambrano & RHP Bartolome Fortunato
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    • Dec 2001: RHP Kevin Appier to Anaheim Angels for 1B Mo Vaughn
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    • Jul 2011: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Danny Herrera & 1 other
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    • Dec 2018: OF Jarred Kelenic, 1B/OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn & 2 others to Mariners for RHP Edwin Diaz & 2B Robinson Cano
  3. 3. What is the # 3 worst trade in Mets history?

    • Dec 1971: RHP Nolan Ryan & 3 others to California Angels for 1B/3B Jim Fregosi
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    • Jun 1977: RHP Tom Seaver to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Pat Zachry & 3 others
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    • Jun 1989: CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell & 1 other to Philadelphia Phillies for CF Juan Samuel
    • Dec 1969: CF Amos Otis & RHP Bob Johnson to Kansas City Royals for 3B Joe Foy
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    • Dec 1975: 1B/RF Rusty Staub & 1 other to Detroit Tigers for LHP Mickey Lolich & 1 other
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    • Apr 1972: RF Ken Singleton, INF Tim Foli, & 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen to Montreal Expos for 1B/RF Rusty Staub
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    • Dec 1982: RHP Mike Scott to Houston Astros for 1B/OF Danny Heep
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    • Aug 1992: RHP David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for INF Jeff Kent & OF Ryan Thompson
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    • May 1981: RHP Jeff Reardon & 1 other to Montreal Expos for RF Ellis Valentine
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    • Jul 1999: RHP Jason Isringhausen & 1 other to Oakland A's for RHP Billy Taylor
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    • Jun 2013: RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Rockies for 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.
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    • Jul 2004: LHP Scott Kazmir & 1 other to Tampa Bay Devil Rays for RHP Victor Zambrano & RHP Bartolome Fortunato
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    • Dec 2001: RHP Kevin Appier to Anaheim Angels for 1B Mo Vaughn
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    • Jul 2011: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Danny Herrera & 1 other
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    • Dec 2018: OF Jarred Kelenic, 1B/OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn & 2 others to Mariners for RHP Edwin Diaz & 2B Robinson Cano
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  4. 4. What is the # 4 worst trade in Mets history?

    • Dec 1971: RHP Nolan Ryan & 3 others to California Angels for 1B/3B Jim Fregosi
    • Jun 1977: RHP Tom Seaver to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Pat Zachry & 3 others
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    • Jun 1989: CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell & 1 other to Philadelphia Phillies for CF Juan Samuel
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    • Dec 1969: CF Amos Otis & RHP Bob Johnson to Kansas City Royals for 3B Joe Foy
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    • Dec 1975: 1B/RF Rusty Staub & 1 other to Detroit Tigers for LHP Mickey Lolich & 1 other
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    • Apr 1972: RF Ken Singleton, INF Tim Foli, & 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen to Montreal Expos for 1B/RF Rusty Staub
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    • Dec 1982: RHP Mike Scott to Houston Astros for 1B/OF Danny Heep
    • Aug 1992: RHP David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for INF Jeff Kent & OF Ryan Thompson
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    • May 1981: RHP Jeff Reardon & 1 other to Montreal Expos for RF Ellis Valentine
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    • Jul 1999: RHP Jason Isringhausen & 1 other to Oakland A's for RHP Billy Taylor
    • Jun 2013: RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Rockies for 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.
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    • Jul 2004: LHP Scott Kazmir & 1 other to Tampa Bay Devil Rays for RHP Victor Zambrano & RHP Bartolome Fortunato
    • Dec 2001: RHP Kevin Appier to Anaheim Angels for 1B Mo Vaughn
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    • Jul 2011: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Danny Herrera & 1 other
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    • Dec 2018: OF Jarred Kelenic, 1B/OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn & 2 others to Mariners for RHP Edwin Diaz & 2B Robinson Cano
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  5. 5. What is the # 5 worst trade in Mets history?

    • Dec 1971: RHP Nolan Ryan & 3 others to California Angels for 1B/3B Jim Fregosi
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    • Jun 1977: RHP Tom Seaver to Cincinnati Reds for RHP Pat Zachry & 3 others
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    • Jun 1989: CF Lenny Dykstra, RHP Roger McDowell & 1 other to Philadelphia Phillies for CF Juan Samuel
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    • Dec 1969: CF Amos Otis & RHP Bob Johnson to Kansas City Royals for 3B Joe Foy
    • Dec 1975: 1B/RF Rusty Staub & 1 other to Detroit Tigers for LHP Mickey Lolich & 1 other
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    • Apr 1972: RF Ken Singleton, INF Tim Foli, & 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen to Montreal Expos for 1B/RF Rusty Staub
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    • Dec 1982: RHP Mike Scott to Houston Astros for 1B/OF Danny Heep
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    • Aug 1992: RHP David Cone to Toronto Blue Jays for INF Jeff Kent & OF Ryan Thompson
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    • May 1981: RHP Jeff Reardon & 1 other to Montreal Expos for RF Ellis Valentine
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    • Jul 1999: RHP Jason Isringhausen & 1 other to Oakland A's for RHP Billy Taylor
    • Jun 2013: RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Rockies for 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.
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    • Jul 2004: LHP Scott Kazmir & 1 other to Tampa Bay Devil Rays for RHP Victor Zambrano & RHP Bartolome Fortunato
    • Dec 2001: RHP Kevin Appier to Anaheim Angels for 1B Mo Vaughn
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    • Jul 2011: RHP Francisco Rodriguez to Milwaukee Brewers for LHP Danny Herrera & 1 other
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    • Dec 2018: OF Jarred Kelenic, 1B/OF Jay Bruce, RHP Justin Dunn & 2 others to Mariners for RHP Edwin Diaz & 2B Robinson Cano


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A simple, sad topic is all I can churn up during this disastrous 2021 season.  Take your pick on the 5 worst trades in Mets history, in order.

 

The contenders:

 

December 10, 1971 - Mets and California Angels

California Angels received:

  • RHP Nolan Ryan
  • RF Leroy Stanton
  • RHP Don Rose
  • C Frank Estrada

Mets received:

  • 1B/3B Jim Fregosi

 

June 15, 1977 - Mets and Cincinnati Reds

Reds received:

  • RHP Tom Seaver

Mets received:

  • RHP Pat Zachry
  • INF Doug Flynn
  • LF Steve Henderson
  • OF Dan Norman

 

June 18, 1989 - Mets and Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies received:

  • CF Lenny Dykstra
  • RHP Roger McDowell
  • Player to be named later - RHP Tom Edens

Mets received:

  • CF Juan Samuel

 

December 3, 1969 - Mets and Kansas City Royals

Royals received:

  • CF Amos Otis
  • RHP Bob Johnson

Mets received:

  • 3B Joe Foy

 

December 12, 1975 - Mets and Detroit Tigers

Tigers received:

  • 1B/RF Rusty Staub
  • LHP Bill Laxton

Mets received:

  • LHP Mickey Lolich
  • OF Billy Baldwin

 

April 5, 1972 - Mets and Montreal Expos

Expos received:

  • RF Ken Singleton
  • INF Tim Foli
  • 1B/OF Mike Jorgensen

Mets received:

  • 1B/RF Rusty Staub

 

December 10, 1982 - Mets and Houston Astros

Astros received:

  • RHP Mike Scott

Mets received:

  • 1B/OF Danny Heep

 

August 27, 1992 - Mets and Toronto Blue Jays

Blue Jays received:

  • RHP David Cone

Mets received:

  • INF Jeff Kent
  • Player to be named later - OF Ryan Thompson

 

May 29, 1981 - Mets and Montreal Expos

Expos received:

  • RHP Jeff Reardon
  • OF Dan Norman

Mets received:

  • RF Ellis Valentine

 

July 31, 1999 - Mets and Oakland A's

A's received:

  • RHP Jason Isringhausen
  • RHP Greg McMichael

Mets received:

  • RHP Billy Taylor

 

June 18, 2013 - Mets and Colorado Rockies

Rockies received:

  • RHP Collin McHugh

Mets received:

  • 2B/OF Eric Young, Jr.

 

July 30, 2004 - Mets and Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Rays received:

  • LHP Scott Kazmir
  • RHP Jose Diaz

Mets received:

  • RHP Victor Zambrano
  • RHP Bartolome Fortunato

 

December 27, 2001 - Mets and Anaheim Angels

Angels received:

  • RHP Kevin Appier

Mets received:

  • 1B Mo Vaughn

 

July 12, 2011 - Mets and Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers received:

  • RHP Francisco Rodriguez

Mets received:

  • Player to be named later - LHP Danny Herrera
  • Player to be named later - RHP Adrian Rosario

 

December 3, 2018 - Mets and Seattle Mariners

Mariners received:

  • OF Jarred Kelenic
  • 1B/RF Jay Bruce
  • RHP Justin Dunn
  • RHP Anthony Swarzak
  • RHP Gerson Bautista

Mets received:

  • RHP Edwin Diaz
  • 2B Robinson Cano
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Great job compiling. My opinions:

 

1. Seaver-A trade done out of stupidity based on factoring a sportswriter's vendetta (Dick Young) and petty cheapness. 

2. Staub-They traded away a quality clubhouse guyand a player on a HOF trajectory for, I don't know why.

3. Dykstra, Mcdowell. The beginning of the end for Cashen. He thought he could do no wrong. He did not understand modern players, and thought outspoken players were a detriment. Ripped the heart out of that championship club.

4. Nolan Ryan. They got full of themselves thinking they had all the pitching in the world (they did), and thought Ryan would never harness the control, and worried about the continual hole at 3B. 

5. Kazmir. Decided to give up a jewel in the system  to get into a pennant race they were not in. They listened to Rick Peterson ("I can fix Zambrano in a minute") too much and he was an ass.

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On 8/12/2021 at 7:09 AM, Scott Dierking said:

Great job compiling. My opinions:

 

1. Seaver-A trade done out of stupidity based on factoring a sportswriter's vendetta (Dick Young) and petty cheapness. 

2. Staub-They traded away a quality clubhouse guyand a player on a HOF trajectory for, I don't know why.

3. Dykstra, Mcdowell. The beginning of the end for Cashen. He thought he could do no wrong. He did not understand modern players, and thought outspoken players were a detriment. Ripped the heart out of that championship club.

4. Nolan Ryan. They got full of themselves thinking they had all the pitching in the world (they did), and thought Ryan would never harness the control, and worried about the continual hole at 3B. 

5. Kazmir. Decided to give up a jewel in the system  to get into a pennant race they were not in. They listened to Rick Peterson ("I can fix Zambrano in a minute") too much and he was an ass.

 

Solid takes!  I had Seaver # 1 over the Nolan Ryan deal too.  It's been stated by many over the years that Ryan would not have been as successful in NY as he was elsewhere, or at the very least there was no way of knowing this at the time, and I tend to agree with that.  Still a terrible job of talent evaluation with the info they had at the time as you point out.

We had the exact same choice at # 3.  I strongly considered the Staub deal but ultimately it just missed in my top 5.

I had the Mike Scott deal at # 4.  They nearly didn't reach the WS in '86 because of Scott blocking their path (if that series went 7 no way the Mets beat Scott in that final game).  Obviously that's "results based thinking" but that is always fair game in discussions like these. 

My # 5 was the Amos Otis deal.  I definitely strongly considered the more recent Kazmir deal though.  Kelenic may end up in that spot soon, too.  

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May I nominate the Baez trade?😁The trade of Cone for Kent is one of the 5 best this team ever made. Cone was a good pitcher, no doubt, but Kent is a  borderline HOF. That was a steal. Trading Kent to Cleveland for Baerga should be on 5 worst list.My list , from your list…1) Seaver2) Dykstra3) Rusty to Tigers4) Scott5) Kazmir

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