Darren Pare of Yahoo Sports posted his choices for the five worst Mets free agent signings of all time. Here they are:
5. Kaz Matsui: A star shortstop in the Japan, Kaz Matsui signed with the Mets for 3 years at $20 million in 2003. In his last season in Japan, Matsui had 33 home runs. Somewhere, during the trip to New York, he lost his power. In two and a half seasons with the Mets he hit just 11 home runs. Worst yet his on base percentage hovered around .300. In 2006 the Mets realized their mistake and traded Matsui to the Colorado Rockies for Eli Marrero.
4. Luis Castillo: Castillo was at one time a speedster, but by the time the Mets dished out $25 million over 4 years, those days were long gone. Castillo has managed a .270 batting average over the first three years of the contract, with a total of four home runs and 85 runs batted in. Yes, that was a total of three years work. He stole an average of 15 bases per season as well. Castillo was just a bad signing from the start and the Mets still have one year to go on the deal.
3. Vince Coleman: Throughout most of the 1980’s the Mets were battling with the Cardinals for supremacy in the National League East. What better way to deal the Cards a blow, than to sign away one of their best players, Vince Coleman. That is what the Mets did in 1990 when they signed Coleman to a 4 year deal worth $12 million. Coleman just couldn’t stay in the lineup for the Mets. In three years in New York he stole just 99 bases. Coleman recorded 100 stolen bases in three different seasons while with the Cardinals. Coleman’s attitude also became a problem when he injured Dwight Gooden in the clubhouse and threw a firecracker a fans in the parking lot. He eventually was traded away to the Kansas City Royals for Kevin McReynolds.
2. Bobby Bonilla: For a long time Bonilla was the poster boy for bad free agent contracts. In 1991 he signed a 5 year/$21 million deal with the Mets. In his three plus years in New York Bonilla never matched the RBI numbers he had put up with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He missed more than twenty games each season with the Mets, after only missing 10 games in the four previous seasons combined. In his three full seasons with the team he averaged just 24 home runs a year. The Mets shipped Bonilla to the Baltimore Orioles in 1995.
1. Oliver Perez: This was a signing that baffled people right from the start. A pitcher that was five games under .500 for his career, is given a 3 year deal for $36 million. As bad as that was it got worse for the Mets. In the first two years of this contract Perez has a record of 3-9, with an earned run average of 6.80. Perez had 100 walks and 123 hits allowed in 112 innings pitched. In 2010 the Mets asked Perez to go on a rehab assignment to work things out, and he refused. That is why Oliver Perez is the Mets worst free agent signing ever.
No surprise who number one was going to be.
I know this was more of a trade, but considering the Mets gave him that huge contract soon after, George Foster turned out to be a pretty bad deal for the Mets.
They made Foster the highest paid player in the National League (just like Bobby Bonilla), and got far less than the MVP production they were banking on and eventually released him for Lee Mazzilli in 1986.
I wonder if he got voted a World Series share that season?
Also, I know this might ruffle a few feathers, but I always thought we got a raw deal for what we paid future Hall of Famer, Pedro Martinez.
Basically, Pedro gave us one good season in return for that 4-year, $53 million dollar contract. That’s more than twice what we paid Luis Castillo who may also end up giving us just one good season in four.