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New York Mets: 15 greatest MLB trade deadline deals of all time

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Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets
Yoenis Cespedes, New York Mets. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

No. 1: Mets trade for Yoenis Cespedes, 2015

The granddaddy of all trade deadline deals, the one which brought Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets in 2015 is the biggest one in franchise history. It completely turned the season around and helped launch the team into the World Series.

There was plenty of buzz in the week leading up to the Cespedes trade on July 31, 2015.

The infamous tears from Wilmer Flores on the field when he believed he had been traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in a deal for Carlos Gomez started a hectic week of turning things around. That deal never did go through which is fortunate for the Mets. Cespedes is the man the team needed.

In his 57 games with the Mets, Cespedes stepped up to the plate 249 times and hit .287/.337/.604. He knocked 17 home runs and drove in 44. His hits were clutch. His presence made the rest of the lineup a lot better.

Prior to adding Cespedes, the Mets looked like a dead team with no hope of reaching the playoffs.

When August began, the team was 53-50. They finished the year flying high with a 90-72 record capped off with a 1-0 victory against the already-collapsed Washington Nationals on October 4.

To get Cespedes, the Mets had to deal minor league pitchers Luis Cessa and Michael Fulmer to the Detroit Tigers.

Cessa has yet to establish himself as a consistent big league pitcher. While Fulmer did win AL Rookie of the Year honors with the Tigers in 2016, he declined in the two years to follow. Tommy John Surgery also cut him out of action completely in 2019.

Though things haven’t gone too well with Cespedes since, we can look back at the original trade fondly. It was the move the Mets needed to make. It was the trade to set a standard for making big moves.

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