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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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PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL – FEBRUARY 25: Moises Alou #18 of the New York Mets poses during Photo Day on February 25, 2007 at the Tradition Field in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

8) Moises Alou

Alou slashed .342/.391/.507 in two years with the Mets. So, why was he a poor free agent signing? He played in just 102 games.

The Mets had this coming all the way. Signing a 40-year-old outfielder who just happens to be one of the most injury prone position players of all-time to a 1-year, $7.5 million contract is a bad move by itself.

But, it only gets worse when you consider that this contract had an option for an extra year of Alou’s services worth another $7.5 million. The Mets picked up the option, of course.

And, in case you don’t remember, Alou’s tenure with the Mets took place between 2007 and 2008, two years the Mets infamously blew playoff opportunities in September to their NL East rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies.

Alou’s entire downfall was injuries. I for one was a big fan of Alou while he was on the roster. The man could flat-out hit. If only he stayed on the field long enough to make a difference on the Mets.

Alou’s greatest Mets moment was his 30 game hitting streak after coming back from injury in August of 2007. But, since that hit streak is probably responsible for Alou’s option getting picked up the following season, it still cost the Mets $7.5 million for just 15 games of Alou in 2008.

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