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Mets biggest trades with each of their National League East rivals

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 4: Catcher Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets looks on before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during MLB Spring Training on March 4, 2005 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 7-5. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
JUPITER, FL - MARCH 4: Catcher Mike Piazza #31 of the New York Mets looks on before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during MLB Spring Training on March 4, 2005 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Mets defeated the Cardinals 7-5. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 11: Juan Uribe #2 of the New York Mets fields a hit by DJ LeMahieu of the Colorado Rockies in the second inning on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have made their fair share of trades with their current National League East rivals. These four trades are the biggest they made with each of those foes.

Before the wonderful days of the Wild Card Era in Major League Baseball, the American League and National League was divided into only two divisions: East and West. The New York Mets were a part of the National League East where they remain today.

Following some restructuring which then created three divisions in each league, the Mets’ rivals in the NL East fell to four. The Atlanta Braves, Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, and Washington Nationals are the three foes that they see most often and go to war with on a regular basis.

Ever since the divisions shrunk, trades between rivals have shrunk. The Mets have made more trades with the Braves than any other organization in their history. However, this has a lot more to do with the Braves’ placement in the NL West for many years.

Who knew Atlanta wasn’t in the eastern United States?

Even in the days when the Mets have shared a division with these four teams, deals have been made. All four teams have swapped players with the Amazins; some greater than others.

The focus on these trades will be on overall impact both positive and negative. In some instances, the Mets won the deal. In others, the transaction was something they probably wish they could re-do.

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