9) NY Mets Worst Trade Deals: Bret Saberhagen to the Colorado Rockies for practically nothing
Bret Saberhagen’s time with the Mets is viewed by many with great disappointment. It’s not so much how he performed but how often it was. Saberhagen was injured a lot during his New York tenure. Having pitched for the team in 1994 and 1995, he also missed a lot of time because of the strike.
On July 31, 1995, with the Mets going nowhere near the postseason, the team traded him to the Colorado Rockies along with a minor league player to be named later. In return, the blue and orange acquired Arnie Gooch and Juan Acevedo.
Even if you’ve paid close attention to the Mets for the last 60 years, I wouldn’t blame you for not knowing the names Gooch and Acevedo. Gooch never reached the big leagues. Acevedo did have a decent major league career. However, he only would pitch for the Mets in 1997. He would end up getting traded again, this time to the St. Louis Cardinals, for Rigo Beltran.
As for Saberhagen, the deal was saved from becoming an all-time worst one because of how poorly things went in Colorado. He was 2-1 with a 6.28 ERA across 9 starts. The thin air of Denver affected him greatly. For a guy who finished with a lifetime ERA of 3.34, this was atypical.
The only part of this trade that made it so bad is the same theme we’ve seen on recent entries: why couldn’t the Mets get back anything of more value?