The New York Mets are going to the playoffs this year for the first time since 2016. Around the league, plenty of ex-Mets will also contribute in some big ways for their current clubs.
While this list doesn’t cover every single ex-Mets player appearing in this year’s postseason, these are five of the most significant ones. Justin Turner didn’t make the list because as important as he is to the Los Angeles Dodgers, he hasn’t been with the Mets for quite some time.
It’s these five others who were with the club as recently as last year that find themselves in the postseason hoping to do what they never could with the Amazins.
1) Former Mets infielder Andres Gimenez will have a big role for the Guardians
Maybe the second most important hitter on the Cleveland Guardians this year, former Mets infielder Andres Gimenez barely saw action during his time in New York strictly because of timing. He was battling for more starts at shortstop in 2020 against another former Mets player and current teammate, Amed Rosario. Each of them pieced together a solid 2022 campaign with Gimenez actually getting an All-Star selection out of it.
On a Guardians roster without much offense to speak of that isn’t named Jose Ramirez, Gimenez’s success is essential for Cleveland to advance at all.
The Guardians aren’t a team too many people expect can hang with the far more powerful Houston Astros or New York Yankees. For them to capture the division was impressive enough considering how much the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins did to try to improve themselves. Gimenez and company will look to overcome those doubts.