2) Pete Crow-Armstrong
From Beverly Hills, California, Pete Crow-Armstrong (PCA) was drafted by the Mets 19th overall in 2020. Before even taking the field, PCA was dubbed a gold-glove caliber centerfielder with tremendous speed and superb bat-to-ball ability. After playing just 6 games for Single A St. Lucie due to injury, PCA was traded to the Chicago Cubs in 2021 for Javier Baez and Trevor Williams. Suffice to say, Mets fans are still giving former GM Zach Scott a thumbs down for this decision.
PCA has been ranked a top 10-20 prospect in all of baseball in 2023. His strong performance between AA and AAA hitting .283 with 20 home runs, 82 RBI, and 37 stolen bases earned him a call-up in mid-September. The young outfielder has already made highlight real catches in his short major league tenure.
The 2024 Mets could have finally had the all-star caliber centerfielder the team has been missing since Carlos Beltran was in his prime. An outfield including Brandon Nimmo in left field and PCA in center would have been great defensively and would have given the Mets lineup a true base stealer and playmaker. Once Gilbert is major league ready in mid to late 2024, the outfield could have been set for a long time. Considering Baez's short and tenuous tenure with the Mets, this trade never made sense from the start and continues to look worse on the part of Mets evaluators.