5) NY Mets trade with the Marlins for Carlos Delgado
The Mets trade for Carlos Delgado came only a few days before the one for Lo Duca. It was on November 24, 2005, when he was acquired for Mike Jacobs, Yusmeiro Petit, and a minor leaguer who never would get to the big leagues. Delgado had spent just one season with the Marlins prior to the trade. As productive as ever, he joined the Mets after a 33 home run and 115 RBI performance. Could he live up to the hype?
Delgado’s numbers did dip in terms of batting average and OBP, however, the .267/.351/.506 slash line was more than acceptable with all of the home runs he hit. Delgado smashed 38 in 2006 and 2008 while driving in 114 and 115. His statistics were down in 2007 with the bigger blow coming in 2009 when he was limited to only 26 games.
On the positive, he finished twelfth in the MVP vote in 2006 and came in ninth in 2008. Not too many sluggers in Mets history have hit with as much power as Delgado did in his years in New York.
Regarded favorably among fans, he is somehow still not the best Mets player acquired via trade with the Marlins or even the greatest first baseman the team has picked up in a deal with a division rival. Those titles belong to two different players.