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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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Catcher Gary Carter of the New York Mets in action during a game at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York.

Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos

December 10, 1984 – the Mets acquire Gary Carter from the Expos for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham, and Floyd Youmans

The Mets haven’t made too many trades with the Washington Nationals organization. However, as the franchise is still part of the Montreal Expos history, we can safely include them.

One of the most important trades the Amazins ever made occurred on December 10, 1984. As the team continued to improve from the dark days of the late 1970s and early 1980s, it was time to make a big move. So, they went out and added a future Hall of Famer, Gary Carter.

Carter is often regarded as the missing ingredient to those wonderful Mets teams of the mid-1980s. He was a leader they needed and got a lot out of in his years in New York. His accomplishments include a sixth-place MVP finish in 1985 and a third-place finish in 1986. In both seasons, he drove in 100+ runs.

In order to acquire Carter, the Mets did send some talent north. Hubie Brooks was a two-time All-Star with the Expos and had several memorable seasons in Montreal. The other three players, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham, and Floyd Youmans were less important with a few decent years mixed in between them.

Oddly enough, several of the players involved in these trades plus other former Mets all somehow ended up with the 1991 Dodgers. Carter, McDowell, and Samuel all spent time together on that Los Angeles roster. Several future Mets, including Lenny Harris, Orel Hershiser, and Eddie Murray were on the team. Joining them, you can find other former Mets, Darryl Strawberry and Bob Ojeda.

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Now that baseball has 30 teams and three divisions in each league, trades with rivals are less common. The Mets already made their share of big deals with the four currently in the NL East. Perhaps one day soon we’ll see yet another.

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