13) NY Mets Worst Trades: Roberto Alomar from the Indians
I wouldn’t be angry if you wanted to rank this one higher. Robert Alomar was one of the greatest second basemen of all-time. He had just hit 20 home runs, driven in 100, and hit .336 for the Cleveland Indians in 2001. Despite reaching his mid-30s, adding him to the roster wasn’t something to really worry about.
But worry Mets fans would each time he stepped up to the plate.
Alomar was half the player he was while in New York. Quite literally, in fact. His home runs went from 20 down to 11 and his RBI total went from 100 to 53. His .336 batting average in 2001 with Cleveland was higher than the .331 OBP he would have in year one with the Mets.
The future Hall of Famer’s complete totals with the Mets included 13 home runs, 75 RBI, and a .265/.333/.370 batting line in 957 plate appearances. So fed up with the results of the trade with Cleveland, the Mets dealt him in mid-2003 to the Chicago White Sox.
Oddly enough, one of the guys they got in the trade was Royce Ring. If you’ve been paying attention, you may have seen his name appear in the Heath Bell trade one bad transaction prior to this.
The only reason the Alomar trade isn’t higher is because the Mets actually didn’t end up losing anything all that important to Cleveland in exchange for him. Thank goodness. Otherwise, this might have ended up in the top five.