Mike, it could be another long winter. What the hell are we going to blog about?
How about we try to figure out how the Mets can win in 2014 and also cut overall payroll from 2013 levels. Sorry, being silly, that couldn’t happen, right?
I’m thinking we could create a regular feature, like we did a year ago with our all-time “2 Guys” team, where we discuss the Mets all-time greatest trades. Not just a list, but we can examine them — in our own half-assed way, of course.
Sure and let me get the ball rolling with one of the best trades in Mets history that rarely gets discussed. Lorinda deRoulet for Nelson Doubleday. We could sure use another deal like that.
Boom! I like it. I’ve been meaning to mention this, but it seems like a good time of year for us to take a week off. What do you think? Let the rumor mill churn without us. Let someone else write the Mike Baxter Requiem.
Okay, it’s a deal. So here they are, Dear Faithful Reader, the top 32 candidates for all-time best trades in Mets history, chronologically. Which do you think should make our top ten? Leave a comment below. Remember, if you don’t vote, you can’t complain!
* November 28, 1961: New York Mets trade Gus Bell and cash to the Milwaukee Braves for Frank Thomas and Rick Herrscher.
* October 19, 1965: New York Mets trade Tom Parsons and cash to the Houston Astros for Jerry Grote.
* December 15, 1967: New York Mets trade Tommy Davis, Jack Fisher, Billy Wynne and Dick Booker to the Chicago White Sox for Tommie Agee and Al Weis.
* June 15, 1969: New York Mets trade Jay Carden, David Colon, Kevin Collins and Steve Renko to the Montreal Expos for Donn Clendenon.
* April 5, 1972: New York Mets trade Ken Singleton, Tim Foli and Mike Jorgensen to the Montreal Expos for Rusty Staub.
* November 2, 1972: New York Mets trade Danny Frisella and Gary Gentry to the Atlanta Braves for Felix Millan and George Stone.
* May 11, 1972: New York Mets trade Charlie Williams to the San Francisco Giants for Willie Mays.
* December 3, 1974: New York Mets traded Don Hahn, Tug McGraw, Dave Schneck to the Philadelphia Phillies for John Stearns, Mac Scarce, and Del Unser.
* February 28, 1975: New York Mets send cash to the San Francisco Giants for Dave Kingman.
* December 8, 1978: New York Mets trade Jerry Koosman to Minnesota for Greg Field and Jesse Orosco.
* April 1, 1982: New York Mets traded Lee Mazzilli to the Texas Rangers for Ron Darling and Walt Terrell.
* December 16, 1982: New York Mets traded Jason Felice, Lloyd McClendon, and Charlie Puelo to the Cincinnati Reds for Tom Seaver.
* June 15, 1983: New York Mets trade Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Keith Hernandez.
* December 8, 1983: New York Mets trade Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones.
* August 28, 1984: New York Mets trade Gerald Young, Manuel Lee and Mitch Cook to the Houston Astros for Ray Knight.
* December 7, 1984: New York Mets trade Walt Terrell to the Detroit Tigers for Howard Johnson.
* December 10, 1984: New York Mets trade Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans to the Montreal Expos for Gary Carter.
* November 13, 1985: New York Mets trade John Christensen, Wes Gardner, Calvin Schiraldi and LaSchelle Tarver to the Boston Red Sox for Bob Ojeda, Chris Bayer, Tom McCarthy and John Mitchell.
* December 11, 1986: New York Mets trade Kevin Armstrong, Kevin Brown, Shawn Abner, Stan Jefferson, and Kevin Mitchell to the San Diego Padres for Kevin McReynolds, Adam Ging, and Gene Walter.
* March 27, 1987: New York Mets trade Ed Hearn, Rick Anderson and Mauro Gozzo to the Kansas City Royals for David Cone.
* December 20, 1996: New York Mets trade Robert Person to the Toronto Blue Jays for John Olerud.
* August 8, 1997: New York Mets trade Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, and Manny Alexander to the Chicago Cubs for Turk Wendell, Mel Rojas and Brian McRae.
* February 8, 1998: New York Mets trade Jesus Sanchez, A. J. Burnett and Robert Stratton to the Florida Marlins for Al Leiter.
* May 22, 1998: New York Mets trade Preston Wilson, Geoff Goetz and Ed Yarnell to the Florida Marlins for Mike Piazza.
* July 23, 1999: New York Mets trade Terrence Long and Leo Vasquez to the Oakland A’s for Kenny Rogers.
* December 23, 1999: New York Mets trade Roger Cedeno, Octavio Dotel, and Kyle Kessel to the Houston for Mike Hampton and Derek Bell.
* November 24, 2005: New York Mets trade Grant Psomas, Mike Jacobs and Yusmeiro Petit to the Florida Marlins for Carlos Delgado.
* December 5, 2005: New York Mets trade Dante Brinkley and Gaby Hernandez to the Florida Marlins for Paul LoDuca.
* February 2, 2008: Deolis Guerra, Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber and Kevin Mulvey to the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana.
* July 28, 2011: New York Mets trade Carlos Beltran and cash to the San Francisco Giants for Zack Wheeler.
* December 17, 2012: New York Mets trade R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard and Wilmer Beccerra.
* August 27, 2013: New York Mets trade John Buck and Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Dilson Hererra and Vic Black.
NOTE: We are serious about taking a small break. It feels like the right time of year for it (why should Sandy be the only one who relaxes all winter?) . So thanks for coming by, we are truly grateful for that, and we’ll be back in a week.