Articles by MeetTheMess

Ellis Valentine and Jeff Reardon

Bad Trades: Jeff Reardon

Ellis Valentine for Jeff Reardon May 29, 1981 The Montreal Expos traded outfielder Ellis Valentine to the New York Mets for relief pitcher Jeff Reardon, outfielder Dan Norman. Valentine will play just 159 games for the Mets, while Reardon will blossom into one of baseball’s best relievers. Reardon reached double figures in saves…


Mo Vaughn and Kevin Appier

Bad Trades: Kevin Appier

Are the Mets famous for trading unproven young talent for fading superstars? Or does management order the General Manager give up a star player just because he has hit his prime and wants to unload a big contract and build for the future? See how some teams and players have…


Victor Zambrano and Scott Kazmir

Bad Trades: Scott Kazmir

Are the Mets famous for trading unproven young talent for fading superstars? Or does management order the General Manager give up a star player just because he has hit his prime and wants to unload a big contract and build for the future? See how some teams and players have…


Braden Looper

Looper Sucks!

In January 2004, Braden Looper signed with the New York Mets as a free agent and had his best season to date going 2-5 with 29 saves and a 2.70 ERA. However, Looper had many crucial blown saves during the 2005 season, including blown saves on Opening Day, in a…


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…


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…


Oswald Caraballo

Worst Prospects of 2015: Oswald Caraballo

Every year the experts at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline compile their lists of the top 100 prospects in the minors and the top 20 for each major league team. Some of these players do make the show, but many never make it out of low minors. While Mets fans…


Worst Prospects of 2015: Connor Buchmann

Every year the experts at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline compile their lists of the top 100 prospects in the minors and the top 20 for each major league team. Some of these players do make the show, but many never make it out of low minors. While Mets fans…


Luis Carreno

Worst Prospects of 2015: Luis Carreno

Every year the experts at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline compile their lists of the top 100 prospects in the minors and the top 20 for each major league team. Some of these players do make the show, but many never make it out of low minors. While Mets fans…


Jose Celas

Worst Prospects of 2015: Jose Celas

Every year the experts at Baseball America and MLB Pipeline compile their lists of the top 100 prospects in the minors and the top 20 for each major league team. Some of these players do make the show, but many never make it out of low minors. While Mets fans…