August 2017 – The Mets sell off multiple pieces in August
Okay, I’m going to cheat here. This isn’t a list of ten. It’s a list of much more. That’s because in August of 2017, the Mets put everyone heading to free agency up for sale. The selling began in July with Lucas Duda and Addison Reed headed elsewhere. It continued into August with three notable Mets veterans getting dealt.
The first happened on August 9, 2017 when Bruce was traded for the second straight August. About a year and a week after joining the Mets, he was traded to the Cleveland Indians for minor leaguer Ryder Ryan. Ironically enough, Ryan would later be traded in an August 2020 deal with the Texas Rangers to bring back Todd Frazier.
The Mets weren’t done dealing. On August 12, Neil Walker went to the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Eric Hanhold. Aside from some clever puns his name could provide, Hanhold didn’t accomplish much with the Mets.
Finally, there was the August 19 trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers involving Curtis Granderson. Again, the Mets got a single pitcher back in the deal. This time, it was Jacob Rhame. He pitched for the Mets a few times in recent years. He wasn’t exactly the greatest addition.
In defense of the Mets, all three of these veterans were on expiring contracts and none were game-changers for their new franchises. Still, it would have been nice to get something of value back.
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Which August trades in Mets history did you enjoy the most and which one still gives you nightmares?