Articles by MeetTheMess

Bad Free Agent Signings: Bobby Bonilla

The New York Mets decided to test the free-agent waters before the 1992 season. The Mets whose five-year $29 million contract made Bobby Bonilla, eventually won the highest-paid player in baseball history a hectic bidding war. The deal seemed like a match made in heaven. The rebuilding Mets had added…


Bad Free Agent Signings: Vince Coleman

St. Louis Cardinals speedster Vince Coleman signed with the Mets after the 1990 season via free agency, signing a four-year, $11.95 million contract. However, his career took a quick downward spiral. Coleman missed 215 games (out of a possible 486) due to numerous injuries and suspensions. Apparently the Cardinals knew…


Bad Free Agent Signings: Jason Bay

On December 29, 2009, Jason Bay agreed to a four-year, $66 million contract with the New York Mets, which also included a vesting option for a fifth year. Bay won the 2004 National League Rookie of the Year award with the Pirates and was a three-time All-Star. In 2009 with…


Bad Free Agent Signings: Oliver Perez

Although pitcher Oliver Perez was acquired in a trade back in July of 2006 with reliever Roberto Hernandez for outfielder Xavier Nady. The resigning of Perez back 2009 truly stands out in his Met career. Perez was included in the deal after the injury of reliever Duaner Sanchez. Sanchez suffered…


Bad Free Agent Signings: Tsuyoshi Shinjo

During Shinjo’s final year with the Hanshin Tigers in 2000, he batted .278 with 28 HR’s, 15 steals and 85 RBI. It was his first good offensive season in Japan and hardly a great one. After that year, Tsuyoshi Shinjo became a free agent. He went on to sign with…


Billy Wagner

Billy Blown Games

As a Met, reliever Billy Wagner established himself as “Fear Factor” for fans when they heard Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” play over the Shea Stadium sound system. But “Fear Factor” proved to be “Rollercoaster Reliever.” Wagner finished 2006 with 40 saves and a 2.24 ERA. His performance contributed to the Mets’…


Oliver Perez

The Mets’ $36 million mistake

Oliver Perez was acquired along with reliever Roberto Hernandez on July 31, 2006 for outfielder Xavier Nady. That season, Perez was 1-3 with an 6.38 ERA in seven starts for the Mets. The lefthander had perhaps his best season in 2007 going 15-10 with a 3.56 ERA, issuing only 79…


Armando Benitez

Armando Meltdowns

Armando Benitez is more famous for his blown saves, than being one of most sucessful relievers in baseball. Benítez was signed in 1990 by the Baltimore Orioles as a free agent. Coming up through the Orioles’ farm system, he made his debut in 1994. He started to show some of…


Luis Castillo

The Luis Castillo Jinx

Some players just have a team’s number or take their game to a higher level when playing in some cities. For years, Luis Castillo had the Mets’ number and loved playing at Shea Stadium in Queens. Castillo was a pain to the Mets, slapping base hits in the spacious outfield…