On This Date (5/22): The Mets acquire Mike Piazza

On May 22nd, 1998, the Mets made a surprising acquisition when they got together with the Florida Marlins and pulled off a trade for All-Star catcher Mike Piazza. The Mets traded off outfielder Preston Wilson, pitcher Geoff Geotz, and pitcher Ed Yarnall for one of the most elite catchers in Major League Baseball history.

The Marlins had just acquired Piazza from the Dodgers, 7 days prior to the deal with the Mets. When Piazza was asked about the trades he had this to say “I have gone from a player who thought he would spend his whole career with one organization to a player who’s been with three organizations in a week.”

“I just want to be in one place for more than a week and settle down” Piazza told reporters. “I’ll be with three teams in a week. Isn’t that bizarre? It’s like rotisserie baseball”

“I’m very excited to be with the Mets and playing in New York City.”, Piazza said. I’m enthusiastic about helping the Mets get into the playoffs anyway I can”

Steve Phillips had this to say, “Certainly, we are ecstatic… He will instantly give credibility to the lineup and he will instantly give credibility to Mets fans that the organization is committed to making the playoffs and advancing toward the World Series.”

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