The decade is nearly over and it’s time to look back at the best and worst transactions the New York Mets made in each calendar year since 2010.
The New York Mets have had their share of smart moves this decade, but they’ve also completed some duds. Look no further than the current roster to see bad contracts, unwise trades, and players on opposing teams who once belonged to the Mets crushing baseballs.
You can’t succeed with every move you make. Dipping backward from year to year throughout this decade, I wanted to take a look at the best and worst transactions the Mets made in each calendar year.
Best: Signing Wilson Ramos on December 18
We don’t yet fully know what will become of the Wilson Ramos deal, but I like it from the start. The Mets managed to sign him to an affordable two-year deal with an option for a third. Not only did they boost the catcher position offensively, they also snagged themselves a good defensive catcher as well. At the very least, this is what we hope is the end result.
As this is the most recent deal the Mets made on this list, it’s the only one with little to go on. I can’t imagine it becomes the worst transaction they made in the year 2018. In fact, other than the trade with the Seattle Mariners which landed them Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, there aren’t many other decisions to really like. I am digging what J.D. Davis has done so unless Ramos is an absolute bust, the trade for him is a close second.
The 2018 calendar year included plenty of misses for the Mets. Hopefully, this one that they snuck in shortly before the New Year ends up as one of the better transactions.
Worst: Signing Jason Vargas on February 18
You could see this one coming from a mile away. Shortly before Spring Training of 2018 began, the Mets brought in pitcher Jason Vargas on two-year deal with an option for a third. After one year, it’s a good bet they won’t bring him back for the final season.
Vargas was unwatchable in the first-half of his 2018 season. While he did show some promising signs in the latter part of the year, he was no better than a credible fifth starter. The Vargas saga in New York is not yet over and it’s quite possible this free agent signing becomes one of the worst the Mets made all decade.
The amazing thing about it is the Mets didn’t even spend all that much money on him. However, the inability to move on from him at the start of 2019 cost them more than just one year. If he’s bad again throughout 2019, this signing looks even uglier.