On August 30, 2015, the New York Mets were gearing up for the finale of a triumphant second half run on their way to a World Series. Although they wouldn’t win it all, the team captured the city and gave fans a lot to root for. A big reason for it was what they did at the trade deadline. The team brought in a variety of players to help secure a National League East victory
In their mission to win it all, the Mets added Addison Reed to the bullpen. It was a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the best they have ever made with the organization.
The 2015 trade for Addison Reed is the best the Mets have made with the Diamondbacks
All the Mets gave up to make it happen were a pair of minor leaguers, Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. Neither would go onto baseball greatness, making this an easy W for the Mets in the record books.
Although Reed would falter in the World Series, his regular season performance was unmatched by most trade deadline acquisitions in franchise history.
In his 15.1 regular season innings in 2015, he had a 1.17 ERA. He followed it up with a 1.97 ERA in 77.2 innings the next season. Then, in 2017, Reed became the club’s closer and successfully saved 19 games before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He did this while pitching to a 2.57 ERA.
Reed isn’t one of the all-time great Mets relief pitchers. Nevertheless, during a recent and successful time in club history, he was a vital asset they needed.
Honorable mention trades the Mets made with the Diamondbacks
Even with the Diamondbacks having such a short history, the two clubs have made a couple of significant moves. The Reed addition is the best but in 2006 there were two more productive deals for a playoff-bound team from Queens.
On May 24, 2006, Orlando Hernandez was acquired from Arizona for reliever Jorge Julio. El Duque would appear in 264.1 total innings for the Mets in 2006 and 2007, pitching to a 3.88 ERA and an 18-12 record.
Later on that same summer, the Mets were able to snipe Shawn Green from Arizona in exchange for only Evan MacLane. Green also spent the rest of 2006 and the following season with the Mets before playing his final big league game. He’d hit .284/.346/.433 for the club with 14 home runs.