It took a while but I think we finally ran into a wall with the Milwaukee Brewers. In looking at the best New York Mets trades made with each team, there has always been at least one with some benefits.
This may not be the case with the Brewers. Scouring through all of the trades with players whose names we even know, there wasn’t much good to say about most of the deals.
So, by default, we have to go to the three-team deal in 2002 involving the Colorado Rockies. As “not so great” as this was, the Mets at least benefitted a little bit.
The best Mets trade with the Brewers doesn’t actually exist but let’s talk about an okay move instead
On January 21, 2000, the Mets, Brewers, and Rockies made a huge three-team deal.
From the Mets to the Brewers went Lenny Harris and Glendon Rusch. Also leaving the Mets, Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile joined the Rockies.
The Rockies sent Ross Gload and Craig House to the Mets. They sent Alex Ochoa to the Brewers. Finally, the Brewers sent Jeromy Burnitz, Lou Collier, Jeff D’Amico, Mark Sweeney, and cash to New York. The cash may have actually been the best thing they received.
Although none of the players the Mets lost had particularly long or productive careers with their new clubs, it still felt like a rough deal considering what they received. Burnitz was easily the biggest name. However, he went from hitting 34 home runs and driving in 100 with Milwaukee to 19 home runs and 54 RBI with the Mets. His batting average also dropped from .251 to .215.
Collier was traded before playing a game for the Mets and Gload was purchased by the Rockies only a few days later. House would never again play in the big leagues for any team. D’Amico logged 145.2 innings for the club in 2002 and had a 4.94 ERA. Sweeney was released before the season began.
Typically, I’ll go over some honorable mention trades in Mets history with a team at this point. But this best trade already wasn’t very good.
Maybe the actual best Mets trade with the Brewers was the 2021 deal for Billy McKinney. With their luck in deals with Milwaukee, the player they gave up, Pedro Quintana, becomes a star.