Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/11/13
On June 5, 1987, General Manager Frank Cashen used the Mets’ 8th round pick, the 212th overall selection on Eastern Illinois University middle infielder Tim Bogar.  Little did Cashen know at the time, but he set into motion an extraordinary chain of events which is partially responsible for landing catcher of the future Travis d’Arnaud on the Mets. After Bogar was recalled from AAA in 1993, he stuck with the club for four mediocre seasons, posting a triple slash of .242/.297/.328 and an OPS+ of 68 in 544 PA, far too many for someone with an OBP under .300.  At the end of spring training in 1997, GM Joe McIlvaine traded Bogar to the Houston Astros for Luis Lopez. Lopez had a relatively successful three-year run with the Mets as a utility infielder from 1997-1999.  His best year was his first, where he posted career highs in batting average (.270) and on-base percentage (.330) in 78 games. In 1999, things fell apart for Lopez, and he hit a paltry .212/.308/.308.  On January 21, 2000...
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