Do You Remember? Six Moves The New York Mets Almost Made
Throughout history, there have been many rumors involving the New York Mets that have been close to coming into fruition. Whether it has been in the free agent market or on the trade front, there have been many moves that could have rocked the Mets franchise, and I would like to share six that I remember very vividly. Let’s start from the top.
1) Mets trade Jose Reyes to Texas for Alfonso Soriano
Evaluation: This would have been an epic failure on the Mets’ part. Reyes has now become the signature player of this team. His upbeat attitude and refreshing energy symbolizes a new beginning for this franchise. This move would have brought an aging Soriano over to Queens. While the man is capable of putting up some gaudy power numbers, his defense is mediocre, and it would have been a step in the wrong direction.
2) Mets trade Mike Pelfrey, Carlos Gomez, and Kevin Mulvey to the Twins for Johan Santana
Evaluation: Obviously, we all know the Mets ended up nabbing Santana in the end, but the even bigger steal of this deal was holding onto Mike Pelfrey. Although the verdict is still out on Pelfrey, he has a chance to develop into a solid number two pitcher in time.
Once Pelfrey perfects that third pitch, he could be money. Santana was a necessary addition, but it would’ve been hard for this team succeed if he was the only quality arm. The Mets have avoided that by keeping him in the mix.
3) Mets trade Mike Cameron to the Yankees for Gary Sheffield
Evaluation: I remember this like it was yesterday, and it feels so ironic that the Mets’ now have recently acquired Sheffield for practically nothing. Sheffield was a pain in the neck to say the least. When these rumors surfaced, he adamantly said that he had no desire to play in Shea stadium, and he even threatened to sit out the season if such a trade was executed. Although his bat would have been a nice thing to have, the baggage scared Mets’ execs away and rightfully so. Now, we have an older version of Sheffield, and if he decides to run his mouth, he will be out in a heartbeat.
4) Mets trade Octavio Dotel, Armando Benitez and Roger Cedeno to the Mariners for Ken Griffey Jr.
Evaluation: We are turning the pages back quite a few years now. This was in 1999 when this issue arose, and it seemed like these two teams would get something done. Griffey was a stud, and people were already talking about how he could be the next home run king, and the Mets wanted him to be the prize of the big apple.
But, Griffey had other plans. After discussing things over with his wife, Griffey rejected the trade to the Mets, which he could do since he was a 10-5 player, and he rid the Mets of one future headache with all of the injuries.
5) Mets Sign Vladimir Guerrero
Evaluation: Prior to the 2004 season, Guerrero was one of the hottest commodities out there. Mets’ fans seemed to be foaming at the mouth for a chance to acquire the super slugger to play right field, but the price was too high. This regime hadn’t been known for spending money until after the ’04 season when things finally seemed to turn around.
When word broke that the Mets had made an offer, fans were excited. But it turned out the Mets low-balled the slugger with a three-year $30 million offer, and he understandably signed with the Angels for five years and $70 million. He certainly would have been worth the price of admission, but his signing may have ruled out Beltran and Pedro after 2004.
6) Mets Sign Alex Rodriguez
Evaluation: This would have been one heck of an addition for us after A-Rod opted out of his contact after the 2007 season. David Wright came out and said he would be more than willing to change positions to bring the phenomenal A-Rod on board, and this wasn’t the first time A-Rod and the Mets had some discussions about bringing the superstar to Queens.
As much as we detest A-Rod now as Mets’ fans, I am sure we would love him that much more if he was a member of our team. He is a hall of famer, plain and simple. And while the steroids issue is never going to go away, he may be the best pure hitter in baseball. I would have loved to see Alex in orange and blue. I wonder if Madonna would’ve become a Met fan.
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