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NY Mets: 3 good trade deadline moves that failed in the postseason

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Addison Reed #43 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Addison Reed #43 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during Game Five of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field on November 1, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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13 Aug 2000: Mike Bordick #17 of the New York Mets gets ready to throw the ball during the game against the San Francisco Giants at Shea Stadium in Flushing, New York. The Mets defeated the Giants 2-0.Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport

Mike Bordick was a needed addition and absent from the postseason

When Rey Ordonez went down with a season-ending injury in 2000, the Mets needed to add a shortstop; or so they thought. In hindsight, keeping Melvin Mora might have made a lot more sense.

I’m not here to argue the merits of this deal. It wasn’t a perfect one for the team. Bordick went from hitting 16 home runs with the Baltimore Orioles to only 4 with the Mets. His other offensive numbers dropped, too. Still, it wasn’t as tremendously bad as some other moves in club history.

What nobody can argue is how utterly bad Bordick was in the postseason. At the plate, he was virtually absent.

Bordick hit .167/.412/.167 in the NLDS with 4 strikeouts. In the NLCS, he was down to .077/.294/.077. He finished his postseason with a .125/.125/.125 batting line in the World Series. Some of the shortstop duties ended up falling to Kurt Abbott. Ineffective in his own ways as well, it felt too often like there was a shortage of talent at the shortstop position. The least they could do was hit. They failed to do that often enough.

Trading for Bordick was a reactionary move the Mets front office felt they needed to make to replace an injured player. A little successful in the regular season, it was a useless trade in the postseason.

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