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New York Mets longest active trade chain began in the 1987 draft

By Mark Sales
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets talks with Travis d'Arnaud #7 against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 18: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets talks with Travis d'Arnaud #7 against the Chicago Cubs during game two of the 2015 MLB National League Championship Series at Citi Field on October 18, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The longest active trade chain for the New York Mets includes plenty of familiar names from the 1990s, 2000s, and present-day team.

In 1987, the New York Mets selected infielder Tim Bogar in the 8th round of the MLB Draft. They have since made a string of 10 trades starting with Bogar that led to them acquiring minor league reliever, Ryder Ryan. This is the longest active Mets trade chain.

Tim Bogar, now the Washington Nationals’ first base coach, came up to the big leagues in 1993 and was a part-time player until the end of the 1996 season. He didn’t do much with the bat, but he was a utility player that played just about anywhere.

At the end of Spring Training in 1997, the Mets traded Bogar to the Houston Astros in exchange for Luis Lopez. Lopez was a very similar player as Bogar, a part-time infielder that didn’t hit much. Lopez stuck around until 1999 however.

After the 1999 season, Luis Lopez was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Bill Pulsipher. Pulsipher had been a Met before, one of the three members of the disappointing “Generation K,” but was traded at the 1998 trade deadline for Mike Kinkade. In his second stint for the Mets, Pulsipher started only two games and pitched poorly. He had a 12.15 ERA but did earn an NL Championship ring.

Bill Pulsipher was traded on June 2nd of the 2000 season to the Arizona Diamondbacks for utility man Lenny Harris. This was also Harris’ second stint in Flushing. The journeyman was a key bench player during the pennant chase in 2000. Harris is the all-time leader in pinch hits with 212, 35 of which came in a Mets uniform.

The trade chain didn’t end there. Once again, it was time to unload in yet another deal dating back to the Bogar trade.

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