David Justice was traded to the Mets on 12/7/2001 and traded away to the Oakland Athletics on 12/14/2001
David Justice was a star in the 1990s and not just because he was married to Halle Berry. His resume includes a Rookie of the Year, a pair of 40+ home run seasons, and three seasons of reaching 100+ RBI.
What you may not remember fondly is how well Justice played for the Mets. That’s because a week after he was acquired by the team in a rare deal with the New York Yankees, Justice was shuttled out of town.
Justice was traded from the Bronx to Flushing in exchange for Robin Ventura. Shortly after, he was traded yet again. This time, he ended up with the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.
Justice would go on to have a productive year for the Athletics team made famous by the film Moneyball. Probably the least-profiled trade of his career among the previous three deals, I wonder what kind of season he could have had with the Mets. I think he could have been a real fan favorite even if it was only for the 2002 season.
The trade wasn’t such a bad one for the Mets. Guthrie was 5-3 with a 2.44 ERA out of their bullpen in his one year with the squad. While Justice was finishing off his career on one of baseball’s most successful budget teams, Guthrie was delivering in relief for New York.
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Which other players do you remember the Mets traded for only to then trade away before ever playing a game for the team? Surely, there’s at least another one out there.