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New York Mets: Top ten worst free agent signings since 2000

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NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 13: Luis Castillo #1 of the New York Mets runs to the dugout against the New York Yankees on June 13, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx Borough of New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 16: Jason Bay #44 of the New York Mets catches a fly ball up against the leftfield wall by Jack Wilson #2 of the Atlanta Braves in the fifth inning at Turner Field on April 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Not all free agents are built the same. Since the year 2000, these are the worst the New York Mets have cut a deal with.

The New York Mets have made a lot of mistakes over the past couple of decades. Since making it to the World Series in 2000, the Mets have made the playoffs just three times.

They’ve developed a poor reputation for injuries and bad financial decisions. And, whether the Mets were spending money or not spending money, it seemed like their decision was always the wrong one.

Too often the Amazins have signed free agents to lucrative contracts who ended up underperforming and spending most of their time on the injured list. At times, it appeared their team was cursed.

My father developed a saying: “the Mets are where careers go to die.”

Somehow players who were consistently productive would join the Mets and suddenly their whole career would take a turn for the worst. At times it appeared like players were purposely getting injured and not even trying in a blue and orange uniform.

Mets players were dropping like flies. They no longer knew what they were doing on a baseball field and even let off-field problems get in the way of their performance.

At a certain point, we had to wonder if the Mets were such a poorly run organization that it was impossible to perform for them. Rarely did players live up to the amount of money they were given by the Mets.

The Mets were wasting money left and right on players whose careers were doomed the moment they signed.

On occasions in which a player’s career did not end with the Mets, they’d often proceed to play productive seasons elsewhere. This always felt like a slap in the face to Mets fans.

Ready to relive some painful memories? Here are the top ten worst free agent deals the Mets have made since the year 2000.

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