Catching Up With Some Former New York Mets

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2009

Today is a slow news day, as the players only had a one-hour workout today in preparation of the first intrasquad game tomorrow. In the mean time, I thought it’d be fun to catch up with some former Mets, and see what they are up to since departing the Mets.


SP Steve Trachsel

Trachsel last appeared with the Mets in 2006, when he won 15 games and was a key member of the pitching staff that led them to within one game of the World Series. Prior to the 2007 season. Trachsel signed with the Baltimore Orioles. After a decent stint with the O’s (4.48 ERA), he was traded to the Cubs where he completely fell apart and posted an ERA above eight.

In 2008, Trachsel returned to the Orioles, but once again could not put it together, and was designated for assignment. This year Trachsel, who auditioned for the Padres, finds himself without a team and could retire.

SS Chris Woodward

Chris Woodward or “Woody” as he was called affectionately by the New York fans, has not done much since his two-year tenure with the Mets. In 2007, he had a disappointing season with the Braves. Primarily coming off the bench, he hit for a dismal .199 and drove in only eight runs.

Woodward spent the entire 2008 season in the Triple A affiliates of both the Brewers and Phillies. This season, Woodward received a non-roster invite from the Seattle Mariners and will battle for a spot on an already crowded bench.

1B Julio Franco

Julio Franco signed with the Mets prior to the 2006 season after spending a number of seasons with the Braves. He played very well off the bench. However, in 2007, his skills began to erode and he hit only .200.

He was subsequently released in May of that year. He quickly signed with the Braves, however he struggled to produce. Finally, in May of last year, Franco hung up the cleats and retired at the age of 49. This season Franco is back with the Mets and will be managing the Kingsport Mets.