The business of baseball can be an unpleasant one for fans. Just as soon as they latch onto a player, he is traded away as management vies to make the team more competitive—or to shed payroll.
A player may be doing very well, but that doesn't always matter to those pulling the strings. The future is what matters, winning is first and foremost. Or, perhaps, what matters most is money—dollar signs are the real bottom line.
Today, Mets fans have the misfortune of experiencing such an undesirable situation with star pitcher R.A. Dickey. Fresh off a 20-win season and a Cy Young Award, fans have grown very fond of the humble, knuckleballing Southerner.
Yet, he may be traded. It seems likely, in fact. Despite his 39 wins and 2.95 ERA in a Mets uniform, he is the center of daily trade discussions.
Let's take a look at some other former Mets who performed well with the team, but didn't stick around. They were studs and stars and heroes, but they just didn't last. They were gone too soon.