Frank Graham 0 WS Received: Rich Croushore 0 WS Difference: Graham never reached the big leagues. Croushore appeared in games in his career, none after this trade. He retired with a career ERA of 4. Mark Leiter 2 WS Received: Brian Rose 0 WS Difference: Rose appeared in three games for the Mets and seven with the Devil Rays in before calling it quits. Leiter, after missing all of , threw 36 decent innings for the Brewers in before calling it quits. Endy Chavez 24 WS Received: Michael Curry 0 WS Difference: Curry never appeared in a Major League game.
Chavez has been a terrible hitter with great speed and outstanding defensive range in centerfield, and is now a member of the Mets. Brian Jenkins 0 WS Received: Justin Speier 34 WS Difference: Jenkins was a career minor leaguer.
Speier has actually been a serviceable relief pitcher and is still in the league; had a very nice 2. The Rockies nabbed him from the Mets off of waivers ten days after this trade. Todd Pratt 23 WS Received: Gary Bennett 18 WS Difference: He has one of two series-ending walkoff homeruns in baseball history, good character guy, solid backup catcher.
Mets made this move because Bennett had minor league options and Pratt did not. Bennett appeared in just one game for the Mets, going 1-for Career batting line in New York: The Mets sent the relief anchors of their playoff run to the Phillies in a single deal, netting them the once highly-touted Chen and nothing prospect Adam Walker. Wendell had one more solid year left in him, in with the Phils.
Cook was basically done at this point, though he picked up a World Series ring with the Angels in Chen struggled to live up to the hype, but seems to have finally found a niche for himself in Baltimore. He did nothing for the Mets. Rick Reed 21 WS Received: Matt Lawton 54 WS Difference: Rick Reed was a very good pitcher for the Mets in and He pitched for two-and-a-half seasons after this trade, and was quite good in Lawton has been a solid if unspectacular outfielder with good patience and not much power.
Gary Bennett 18 WS Received: Ender Chavez 0 WS Difference: This one nullifies the Pratt trade from a month earlier, meaning the Mets essentially gave Tank away for nothing. Chavez never saw a big league at-bat. Kyle Kessel 0 WS Received: Nitkowski 2 WS Difference: Kessel was another career minor leaguer; Nitkowski has bounced around since coming to the Mets and has done nothing worth remembering.
Robin Ventura 36 WS Received: David Justice 11 WS Difference: Ventura had a pretty good year in with the Yanks, hitting. He split time with the Yanks and Dodgers in and retired after His best season was in with the Mets. Who would have thought that Matt Lawton would go on to be the most productive player involved in this trade?
Alomar had 37 Win Shares in and just 30 combined over the next three seasons. Escobar was a terrific prospect whose career was derailed due to injuries, and none of these other guys were really worth doodily squat. Bacsik pitched two terrific games for the Mets against the Marlins in , so he can hang his hat on that one. David Justice 11 WS Received: Guthrie posted a razor-thin 2. Yates is Hawaiian, and has been blessed with a cannon for an arm and cursed with a litany of injuries.
Shawn Estes 18 WS Difference: Estes was pretty bad for the Mets in and has been even worse for the Reds, Cubs, Rockies and Diamondbacks since then. Shinjo was a lousy hitter but a solid fielder, and who can forget his orange wristbands or the hop he would take before catching a flyball. Relaford was outstanding for the Mets in , batting. The Mets sold high on this one not that it really worked out , as Relaford has never topped. Kevin Appier 14 WS Received: Mo Vaughn 16 WS Difference: Appier was pretty solid for the Mets in and won a World Series with the Angels in While not great, Vaughn was far from awful in , though he was exactly awful in Brewers and Rockies Sent: For completeness, the Rockies also sent Alex Ochoa to the Brewers to complete this trade.
Lots of players, not a lot of production. Burnitz suffered through an awful in which he hit. Sweeney might be the second best player in this deal, having just completed a.
Corey Brittan 0 WS Received: Kane Davis 2 WS Difference: Brittan never played a game; Kane Davis had a cool name, bad control and injury problems, though he struck out a ridiculous 24 batters in 14 innings in with the Mets. Davis resurfaced with the Brewers last season, notching a 2. Lou Collier 1 WS Received: Jason Bay 50 WS Difference: We got Jason Bay for Lou Collier?
What kind of an idiot GM would trade Jason Bay for a sack of bats? John Bale 2 WS Difference: Matthews had a decent season in Texas in and not much else. John Bale is John Bale. This looked like a steal at the time, as Strickland was just 26 and was coming off of two very good relief seasons with the Expos. He has only thrown 24 innings since and might be finished after resurfacing with the Astros for four miserable innings in Thomson was nothing special down the stretch for the Mets in , okay for Texas in , solid for the Braves in and injured for most of Payton has been decent, but nothing special since leaving the Mets, though he hit.
For whatever reason, the Mets really had a serious Jones for Jason Middlebrook no pun intended. He was drafted by the Padres in and signed, was selected by the Mets off of waivers in , selected back off of waivers a month later by the Padres, and then sent to the Mets in this trade.
Reed was actually quite good down the stretch for the Mets, and Jason Bay is one of the best players in baseball. Good trade all around. Shawn Estes 14 WS Received: I saw Feliciano and Gonzalez in the hotel bar at a Sheraton in Montreal a few years ago. Mark Little 0 WS Received: Bevis 0 WS Difference: