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DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets scores on a grounder by Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets who was safe on the play after a throwing error by third baseman Ian Stewart #9 of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Coors Field on May 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 09: Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets scores on a grounder by Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets who was safe on the play after a throwing error by third baseman Ian Stewart #9 of the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning at Coors Field on May 9, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Cliff Floyd

On December 20th, 2002 the Mets signed free agent Cliff Floyd to a four year, $26 million deal who finished the 2002 season with the Boston Red Sox. The Mets signed Floyd in hopes to bolster the roster and line up after a disastrous season.

Floyd, like many Mets at the time, dealt with injuries during his tenure with the team but when he was healthy he did produce. In his first season with his new club, Floyd batted .290 with 18 home runs and 68 RBI. Floyd had a .376 OBP and struck out under seventy times in 2003. He was a solid addition to the Mets outfield which in a few years got better.

In 2005, Floyd had his best season in New York where he batted .273 but lead the team with thirty-four home runs and finished second on the team with ninety-eight RBIs. Floyd helped lead the Mets to an 83-79 and their first winning season since the 2001 season. Unfortunately, the Mets finished third in the NL East missing the postseason once again.

The following season the Mets won 97 games and won the NL East for the first time since 1998. A moment all Mets fans remembered was on September 18th of this season the Mets defeated the Florida Marlins 4-0 to clinch the NL East and Floyd was the player who caught the final out en route to the division clincher.

The Mets went on to lose the NLCS to St. Louis but it was a time for fans to start getting excited for baseball.

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