3) Biggest NY Mets mistakes since Steve Cohen took over: The Javier Baez trade
The Mets, who were struggling to stay in contention with Jacob deGrom on the sidelines, opted to trade for Javier Baez at the deadline to try and spark the team and make a run to the postseason.
Baez was of course involved in the "thumbs down" controversy which outraged fans everywhere, but he was actually quite good as a Met. Baez slashed .299/.371/.515 with nine home runs and 22 RBI. He did his best to try and keep the team in the postseason hunt but unfortunately, they fell short.
Trevor Williams, also acquired in this deal, was the best part. He looked good out of the bullpen for the Mets in 2021 and was unbelievable in a swingman role for the club in 2022. The pieces the Mets acquired actually were good. Williams is the reason this move isn't higher on this list.
The problem is, Pete Crow-Armstrong was included in this trade. The former first-round pick was sidelined after undergoing shoulder surgery, but that still felt like a lot to give up for a rental.
The Mets had a chance to bring Baez back but opted not to. Baez had an awful year in Detroit so maybe that was for the best. Crow-Armstrong however has developed into one of the best outfielder prospects in baseball. There's a very good chance this trade can haunt the Mets for years to come.