Originally written December 27, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
There seems to be a lot buzz in our comment threads lately about former Mets GM Frank Cashen, who many fans, rightfully so, look to as the standard bearer when it comes to building a championship. While doing a search I came across a post about the evolution of the 1986 Mets that Newsday had posted back in 2010. The following shows exactly how all the players from the Mets post season roster that year came to be acquired. I broke it down to further illustrate how Cashen didn’t solely rely upon hoarding prospects as his means to an end. They surely helped, but had it not been for the trades that brought in many stars of their time, 1986 may have never happened. Lets get to the list which I present in chronological order. The first three players were acquired before Frank Cashen was named general manager. Essentially the team he inherited already had what would be his starting second baseman and center fielder, and his closer. The Evolution of the 1986 Mets June, 1977 Wally Backman, 2...
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