Mets best trades made in November throughout the franchise’s history
By Tim Boyle
What are the best New York Mets trades made in the month of November in franchise history?
November isn’t Major League Baseball’s most active month for trades, but it is a team when some players swap uniforms. This was truer in the days before free agency. Still, there are some more modern New York Mets trades that took place in November and were quite impactful.
Going back to the beginning through today, there are five trades that stand out as the best made by the Mets in the month of November.
An honorary mention should go to the first ever November trade which brought Frank Thomas to the Mets back in 1961. Another tip of the cap goes to a later trade which brought Gil Hodges back to the franchise in 1967.
5) Mets trade Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman to the Dodgers
I covered this trade before on Rising Apple—not in real-time when it happened—but because it was an indirectly helpful trade the team made to later on add two important pieces to their championship puzzle.
On November 29, 1966, the Mets traded Ron Hunt and Jim Hickman to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Tommy Davis and Derrell Griffith. Davis spent one year with the Mets and hit .302. It looked like the team had a legitimate hitter they could depend on for many years.
This isn’t how it turned out. Davis, along with three others, was dealt to the Chicago White Sox the very next December. In the deal, New York picked up Tommie Agee and Al Weis.
Agee is easily one of the club’s best outfielders in franchise history. While Weis isn’t in the same realm, his World Series home run in 1969 was essential to the team clinching their first championship.
It all began with a November trade that had nothing to do with those two.