The Mets have gotten their grips on some pretty great players every now and then, while we’ve developed a decent amount, we haven’t always exactly been able to acquire top notch talent, whether it be through trade or the free agent market.
On December 11th of 2001, the Mets acquired the future Hall of Fame second baseman along with Danny Peoples and Mike Bacsik for highly touted centerfield prospect Alex Escobar, Matt Lawton, Jerrod Riggan, Billy Traber, and Earl Snyder.
The Puerto Rican born switch hitter played in 149 games with the Mets in 2002, he accumulated 655 plate appearances and 590 at-bats in his first season with New York. He hit an underwhelming .266/.331/.376/.708 with 24 doubles, 4 triples, 73 runs scored, 11 home runs, 53 RBI’s as well as 16 stolen bases.
While that 2002 season was far from a travesty, I personally expected much more from one of the greatest all around second baseman to ever step foot on the diamond, I think that’s fair.
In 2003, Alomar played in 73 games with the Mets before being traded away to the Chicago White Sox. He had 302 plate appearances and 263 at-bats with a slash line of .262/.336/.357/.693 and 17 doubles, 1 triple, 34 runs scored, 2 home runs, 22 RBI’s and 6 stolen bases.
On July 1st, 2003, the Mets traded Roberto Alomar with cash to the previously mentioned White Sox for Andrew Salvo, Edwin Almonte, and Royce Ring.
Roberto Alomar finished his career as a first ballot Hall of Famer, 12 time All-Star, 10 time Gold Glove winner, 4 time Silver Slugger, and even a 2 time World Series winner.
In 17 years, Alomar has 9073 at-bats with a .300/.371/.443/.814 slash line, 504 doubles, 80 triples, 1508 runs scored, 210 home runs, 1134 RBI’s and 474 stolen bases. He also has 2724 hits and has produced a 67.1 WAR throughout his career.
So while Alomar very well may debatably be the greatest second baseman to ever play the damn game, many Mets fans may consider his tenure in Flushing, Queens a complete bust. At least the Mets didn’t end up giving away much for him and I can safely say the move was well worth the risk.