February 2016

New York Mets starter Pedro Astacio delivers a pitch during their spring training game against the Houston Astros, Saturday, March 16, 2002 in Port St. Lucie, Fla.  (AP Photo)

Bad Free Agent Signings: Pedro Astacio

Before signing Pedro Martínez in 2005, the Mets signed another Dominican pitcher named Pedro with a bum arm on Dec. 16, 2001. Pedro Astacio was famous for his ability to surrender the long ball. He started out strong for the Mets and did not get a deserved All-Star nod in…


New York Mets' Rickey Henderson, left, is picked off of first base by San Francisco Giants first baseman J.T. Snow (6) in the seventh inning, Sept. 7, 1999 at Shea Stadium in New York.  (AP Photo)

Bad Free Agent Signings: Rickey Henderson

In December 1998, Rickey Henderson joined his sixth club, the New York Mets, as a free agent. The following year was filled with ups and downs for the future Hall of Famer. He exceeded all expectations — batting .315, getting on base at a .423 clip, and stealing 37 bases…