Deadline Deals: The Last 10 Years
Just for fun, thought I’d post a list of the last New York Mets “deadline deals” from the last 10 years.
Xavier Nady to Pirates for Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez
Nice deal for both sides, as it turned out. Mets also nabbed Ruben Gotay a week earlier.
2004: (Four deals)
1. Scott Kazimir and Jose Diaz to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for Victor Zambrano and Bartolome Fortunato
2. Justin Huber to the Kansas City Royals for Jose Bautista
Huh … forgot the Bucs’ starting third baseman was the guy in that deal …
3. Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton, Matt Peterson to Pirates for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger
This day goes down as the beginning of the end for Jim Duquette. To make matters worse, Duquette sent Dan Wheeler to the Astros for Adam Seuss after the deadline (a deal about as appetizing as green eggs and ham).
4. Scott Erickson to the Rangers for PTBNL (eventually became Josh Hauffpauir)
Forgot about that one, did ya?
2003: (Two deals)
1. Graeme Lloyd to the Royals for Jeremy Hill
2. Rey Sanchez to the Mariners for Kenny Kelly
Yawn! … the Mets had already dumped Jeromy Burnitz and Robby Alomar in the weeks prior.
2002: (Two deals)
Jay Payton, Mark Corey, and Robert Stratton to the Rockies for John Thomson and Mark Little
Jason Bay, Bobby Jones, and Josh Reynolds to the Padres for Jason Middlebrook and Steve Reed
Yeah, that one didn’t pan out so well, either. But at least the Padres were dumb enough to deal away Bay as well.
Rick Reed to the Twins for Matt Lawton
It seemed bigger at the time, as neither player did much for his new team. The Mets also made some deals a few days before the deadline, dumping Todd Pratt, Turk Wendell, and Dennis Cook on the Phillies for what amounted to a bag of balls.
2000: (Three deals)
1. Melvin Mora, Leslie Brea, and Mike Kinkade to the Orioles for Mike Bordick and Pat Gorman.
Huh … so we gave up more than just Mora for that waste of a shortstop — who returned to Baltimore after the World Series. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
2. Jason Tyner and Paul Wilson for Bubba Trammell and Rick White
Short-term, good deal. Long-term, not so good deal.
3. Juan Aracena to the Orioles for Anthony Shumaker
1999: (Three deals)
1. Brian McRae, Rigo Beltran, and Thomas Johnson to the Rockies for Daryl Hamilton and Chuck McElroy
That one worked OK for us
2. Jason Isringhausen and Greg McMichael to the A’s for Billy Taylor
Uh, seemed like a good idea at the time…
3. Craig Paquette to the Cardinals for Shawon Dunston
I loved Shawon when he was a Cub, and he did OK for us down the stretch.
1998: (Three deals)
1. Bernard Gilkey and Nelson Figueroa to the Diamondbacks for Willie Blair and Jorge Fabregas
An exchange of one-hit wonders. Neither team caught the lightning.
2. Bill Pulsipher to the Brewers for Mike Kinkade
Nothing big here, though maybe the Bordick deal doesn’t happen without Kinkade.
3. Leo Estrella to the Blue Jays for Tony Phillips
Phillips was batting .354 at the time of the deal, but didn’t adjust well to the NL, hitting only .223 for the Mets.
Good thing we cut this off at ten years, otherwise we’d have eventually made our way to the 1996 deadline deal of Jeff Kent for Carlos Baerga.