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BP Mets Unfiltered: Listing All This Front Office’s (Major) Transactions

The Mets have taken a bit of a beating with their mid-season acquisition of corner outfielder Jay Bruce … and sure, I’ve piled on a bit too. But I wanted to examine whether or not the current front office, as a whole, has done a good job of acquiring major-league talent through trade and/or signing. Instead of coming to a snap judgment right away, I’d like to just provide you with a list of all the major transactions that the team has made since Alderson came onto the scene after the 2010 season.

For the purposes of this list, I’m really just focusing on the team’s MLB acquisitions from outside sources … the folks the team acquires in order to complement the in-house players. Since Sandy Alderson took over baseball operations in 2011, these are the major additions the team has made:

  • Signed RP D.J. Carrasco (12/10)
  • Signed C Ronny Paulino (12/10)
  • Signed RP Taylor Buchholz (1/11)
  • Signed SP Chris Capuano (1/11)
  • Signed SP Chris Young (1/11)
  • Signed OF Scott Hairston (1/11)
  • Acquired RP Danny Herrera and RP Adrian Rosario from the Brewers for RP Francisco Rodriguez (7/11)
  • Claimed OF Mike Baxter off waivers from the Padres (7/11)
  • Acquired RHP Zack Wheeler from the Giants for OF Carlos Beltran (7/11)
  • Acquired OF Andres Torres and RP Ramon Ramirez from the Giants for OF Angel Pagan (12/11)
  • Claimed SP Jeremy Hefner off waivers from the Pirates (12/11)
  • Signed RP Jon Rauch (12/11)
  • Signed RP Frank Francisco (12/11)
  • Signed SP/RP Miguel Batista (1/12)
  • Signed OF Scott Hairston (1/12)
  • Signed IF Ronny Cedeno (1/12)
  • Acquired cash from the Orioles for SS Omar Quintanilla (7/12)
  • Acquired C Kelly Shoppach from the Red Sox for RP Pedro Beato (8/12)
  • Claimed C Anthony Recker off waivers from the Cubs (10/12)
  • Signed C Mike Nickeas (11/12)
  • Acquired RHP Noah Syndergaard, C Travis d’Arnaud, C John Buck, and OF Wuilmer Becerra from the Blue Jays for RHP R.A. Dickey, C Josh Thole, and C Mike Nickeas (12/12)
  • Acquired OF Collin Cowgill from the Athletics for 3B Jefry Marte (12/12)
  • Signed SP Shaun Marcum (1/13)
  • Signed RP Brandon Lyon (2/13)
  • Signed OF Rick Ankiel (5/13)
  • Acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Rockies for SP Collin McHugh (6/13)
  • Acquired OF Kyle Johnson from the Angels for OF Collin Cowgill (6/13)
  • Signed SP/RP Daisuke Matsuzaka (8/13)
  • Acquired 2B Dilson Herrera and RP Vic Black from the Pirates for OF Marlon Byrd and C John Buck (8/13)
  • Signed OF Chris Young (11/13)
  • Signed OF Curtis Granderson (12/13)
  • Signed SP Bartolo Colon (12/13)
  • Acquired SP/RP Blake Taylor and RP Zack Thornton from the Pirates for 1B Ike Davis (4/14)
  • Signed OF Michael Cuddyer (11/14)
  • Signed OF John Mayberry Jr. (12/14)
  • Acquired cash from the Yankees for RP Gonzalez Germen (12/14)
  • Acquired RP Jerry Blevins from the Nationals for OF Matt den Dekker (3/15)
  • Acquired RP Alex Torres from the Padres for SP Cory Mazzoni and RP Brad Wieck (3/15)
  • Acquired cash from the Angels for OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (5/15)
  • Claimed OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis off waivers from the Angels (6/15)
  • Acquired 3B Juan Uribe and UT Kelly Johnson and cash from the Braves for SP/RP Jon Gant and RP Rob Whalen (7/15)
  • Acquired RP Tyler Clippard and cash from the Athletics for RP Casey Meisner (7/15)
  • Acquired OF Yoenis Cespedes from the Tigers for SP Michael Fulmer and SP Luis Cessa (7/15)
  • Acquired RP Eric O’Flaherty from the Athletics for RP Darwin Frias (8/15)
  • Acquired OF Eric Young Jr. from the Braves for cash (8/15)
  • Acquired RP Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks for RP Miller Diaz and SP Matt Koch (8/15)
  • Acquired 2B Neil Walker from the Pirates for SP Jon Niese (12/15)
  • Signed SS Asdrubal Cabrera (12/15)
  • Signed RP Jerry Blevins (12/15)
  • Signed SP Bartolo Colon (12/15)
  • Signed OF Alejandro De Aza (12/15)
  • Signed RP Antonio Bastardo (1/16)
  • Signed OF Yoenis Cespedes (1/16)
  • Acquired cash from the Blue Jays for OF Darrell Ceciliani (2/16)
  • Acquired 1B James Loney from the Padres for cash (5/16)
  • Acquired UT Kelly Johnson from the Braves for RP Akeel Morris (6/16)
  • Signed OF Justin Ruggiano (7/16)
  • Acquired OF Jay Bruce from the Reds for 2B Dilson Herrera and SP Max Wotell (8/16)
  • Acquired SP/RP Jon Niese from the Pirates for RP Antonio Bastardo (8/16)

As you can see, I’ve highlighted in bold the deals that seemed to qualify as “major” in my eyes. Those are the deals that involved trading for or away a starter (position or pitcher) or closer … or involved signing someone intended to fill that role.

So … what do you think? Let us know in the comments. Are the Mets pretty good at going after major-league talent or not?

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