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

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Mike Bordick, New York Mets
Mike Bordick, New York Mets. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport

No 13: Mets trade with Orioles for Mike Bordick, 2000

Personally, I weigh the success of a trade deadline deal heavily on where the team finishes in the standings. Even if the player doesn’t continue his All-Star play post-trade, if he can fill a need I think it was the right thing to do.

The 2000 Mets had a need. When Rey Ordonez went down for the year, they lost their starting shortstop. This led to a July 28th trade with the Baltimore Orioles to pick up All-Star shortstop Mike Bordick.

Prior to the deal, Bordick was putting together a career-year with the Orioles, which included 16 home runs and a .297/.350/.481 batting line. These numbers did fall as a member of the Mets down to .260/.321/.365 in his 211 trips to the plate with New York. Considering he was a .260/.323/.362 career hitter, he produced exactly what we should have expected.

Bordick wasn’t spectacular by any stretch. The Mets took a chance on him, hoping his hot bat could give their offense a boost. Considering he was replacing Ordonez’s glove-first style of play, they managed to do so.

The lone regret the Mets may have in this trade is how one of the players sent to Camden Yards produced fantastic offensive numbers for a good decade. Along with three others, Melvin Mora went to the O’s in this deal. The late-blooming infielder ended up as a two-time All-Star with the Orioles with 158 home runs and a .280/.355/.438 batting line.

In hindsight, the Mets may have gotten more from Mora than Bordick. Needing what they felt was more of a sure thing, the gamble on Bordick in a career-year with no commitment beyond 2000 was a good move.