Originally written on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/18/12
As it becomes apparent that the Mets, as currently constituted, will not run away with the NL East this year, Mets’ fans are all anxiously anticipating this offseason’s upcoming deals feeling certain that we’ll find some improvement via the trade market. Of course, Mets history has given us many more bad trades than good, but let’s look on the positive side, beginning with one of the best trades ever made by the Mets, in this case a trade hatched by Frank Cashen, certainly the best Mets’ GM to this point. The Keith Hernandez trade of June 15, 1983 is explained in detail in one of the finest baseball books I have ever read, White Rat – A Life In Baseball by Whitey Herzog and Kevin Horrigan. As Cardinals’ manager/GM, Herzog made some outstanding deals and a couple of real clinkers. Even worse than the Hernandez deal is an earlier one that may rank as one of the worst trades ever – Ted Simmons, Pete Vuckovich, and Rollie Fingers for Sixto Lezcano, Lary Sorensen, Dave LaPoint, and David...
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