August 27, 1992 – Mets trade David Cone to the Blue Jays
The Blue Jays couldn’t possibly win two August trades with the Mets, could they? No. That’s impossible. Teams don’t even make trades in August.
That just happens to be the case with this major deal, although, the Mets weren’t exactly the big losers here either.
One of the great Mets pitchers of the late 1980s and early 1990s, David Cone, was heading toward free agency. With a record of 13-7 and 2.88 ERA, the “going nowhere” 1992 Mets decided it was time to sell him to the highest bidder. It happened to be the ball club in Toronto.
In return, the Mets did get future MVP Jeff Kent—of course winning the award years after leaving New York—and a quality hitter named Ryan Thompson. Hardly a bludgeoning by the Blue Jays, it’s what Cone accomplished with Toronto that makes this one a painful deal.
Cone was fantastic with the Blue Jays in 1992. He went 4-3 with a 2.55 ERA. He would also play a big role in the postseason. In just his second trip there as a major leaguer, Cone assisted the Blue Jays in taking down the 1992 Atlanta Braves.
It would be the first of several World Series rings Cone would add to his collection. Of course, all others came as a member of the New York Yankees. Puke!