Mets best trades made in November throughout the franchise’s history
3) Mets steal Carlos Delgado from the Marlins in a trade
The Mets have successfully stolen a lot of really good players from the Florida Marlins. They haven’t had the same luck with the Miami Marlins. I’ll wait patiently to see it happen.
One of their best thefts happened on November 24, 2005. Along with some cash, Carlos Delgado was traded to New York. The Mets gave up Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit, and Grant Psomas.
It doesn’t matter what any of those guys did after they were traded away. While Jacobs had some success and Petit has been around the league for many years, nothing of what they did impacted the outcome of this trade like Delgado.
Delgado’s first season in New York was 2006 and we all know what happened then. The team made a run to game seven of the NLCS. Delgado was a big reason for it.
Delgado slugged 38 home runs and drove in 114 in 2006. He added another 24 home runs in 2007 and 38 more in 2008. If not for injuries, he would have surely added 20+ more in 2009.
The numbers posted by Delgado included a slash line of .267/.351/.506 and 104 home runs. Other than Pete Alonso, the Mets have never had such an impactful power hitter at first base.
What always amazes me about this deal is how the Mets were able to add him from a division rival. Normally, deals like this have to come from the other coast or American League. Not the Delgado trade. The Mets won this November trade via a deal with a hated rival.