2) Biggest NY Mets mistakes since Steve Cohen took over: The Joey Lucchesi trade
The Mets were the third team in a trade that looked decent at the time, but is aging horribly. The Mets were involved in a trade along with the Padres and Pirates that sent Joey Lucchesi to New York. Joe Musgrove went to San Diego, and David Bednar along with Mets prospect Endy Rodriguez ended up in Pittsburgh.
Musgrove has gone from solid to really good in San Diego, and had the performance of his life in Game 3 of the Wild Card series against the Mets. David Bednar was an all-star for the Pirates this past season and looks like he'll be a dominant reliever for many years.
Endy Rodriguez is the piece that hurts. He wasn't super well known at the time of this deal, but he's developed into a high-end prospect with the Pirates. He'll be up with them this year, and could even make their Opening Day roster.
All the Mets got for a high-level prospect in this package that included two other studs was Joey Lucchesi. In his two seasons with the Mets, he's made 11 appearances (eight starts) and has a 4.46 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched.
He missed a large portion of 2021 and all of 2022 after undergoing Tommy John. The southpaw now appears to be on the outside looking in when looking at a potential roster spot. The Mets likely gave up a future starting catcher at the bare minimum for just a depth arm.