On this day in 2006, the Mets traded Anna Benson (and her husband) to the Baltimore Orioles.
In return for Anna and Kris Benson, the Mets received John Maine and Jorge Julio. Eventually, Julio was flipped to the Diamondbacks in late May for Orlando Hernandez. Had El Duque not suffered a cramped calf, perhaps Mets history would have been different.
We’ll never know.
In any case, Happy Send Anna Benson To Baltimore Day!
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.