Fans love to talk about proposed trades and potential free agency signings. The New York Mets have had some successes with trades and free agency signings in the past, but they have also had some blunders that we all love to complain about.
And then there are those players who were with the team, they were either traded or allowed to get away via free agency or outright release, and then brought back for a second tour of duty. There are some players who it was great to see back, it wasn’t great to see them depart. Yet, others, are just headscratchers as to why take a second bite at the apple.
There are at least two players at every position who were with the team at some point, left, and returned for another go-round. Although the Mets all-time two-timers are a bit thin at the catcher and second base positions, the rest of the squad is all-star caliber.
The players are listed by position, and the uniform numbers they wore are in parentheses.
The Mets have had some pretty good catchers over the years – Jerry Grote, Gary Carter, Mike Piazza were obviously heads and shoulders above the rest. And then there were guys like John Stearns and Todd Hundley who were not too shabby either. But the ones that came back for a second time were not exactly household names…certainly not those that would be starting for the Mets.
Alex Trevino (29, 6) came up with the Mets as a 20-year-old for a cup of coffee in 1978 and was up to stay a year later. He was a serviceable backup with no pop in his bat but hit a respectable .262 in his time with the club before being shipped off to Cincinnati.
Unfortunately for him, he was with the Mets during a downtime for the organization. He reappeared during the 1990 season – another down period for the Mets – for nine games only to be handed off a second time to the Reds.
Kelly Stinnett (33, 36) was another two-time backup backstop for the club. He was a Rule 5 draft pick from the Cleveland Indians prior to the 1994 season and stuck with the club playing 47 games. He played in 77 games in ’95 but was not very productive, nor was he going to get a lot of playing time with Todd Hundley around.
Stinnett went on to play for five other teams before returning to play seven games for the Mets at the end of the 2006 season.