August 22, 2006 – Mets add Shawn Green in deal with the Diamondbacks
The 2006 Mets are a team that turned many casual fans into diehards. One notable trade the team made to increase their chances was the August 22 addition of outfielder Shawn Green. While having a productive season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, he swapped uniforms and joined the baseball club in Queens for the stretch run.
Green wasn’t nearly as good with the orange and blue in 2006 but he did play a role in the postseason and hit quite well. He slashed .333/.333/.556 in 9 NLDS plate appearances and .304/.429/.348 in 28 opportunities in the NLCS.
In 2007, Green returned for his final MLB season. He hit .291/.352/.430 in just under 500 plate appearances. Not tremendous production, he was exactly what you might want to add in an August trade: quality veteran talent.
In order to bring him to New York, the Mets gave up a guy named Evan MacLane. You don’t need to have a subscription to The Athletic to realize this was a good trade for the Amazins. They got some outfield help in exchange for someone that only ever pitched one major league inning.
Green wasn’t a huge splash by any stretch, but he was an upgrade the team felt they needed.