It looked like the steal of the 2001 Winter Meetings, but it turned out to be one of the most disappointing trades the franchise ever made. The New York Mets traded second basemen Roberto Alomar to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday afternoon for three prospects.
According to the New York Daily News, the Mets received minor league pitchers Royce Ring and Edwin Amointe and infielder Andrew Salvo in exchange for the ten time Gold Glove winner. The paper also reports the Mets will eat the remaining $3.9 million that is left on his contract this year.
It was the first trade made by Mets interim general manager Jim Duquette.
Alomar, 35, is hitting .262 this season with 2 homers and 22 RBIs. He finished his first season as a Met, in 2002, by hitting .266 with 11 homers and 53 RBIs after hitting .336 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs while with the Indians in 2000.
He was acquired from the Indians by former Mets general manager Steve Phillips on December 11, 2001 in a deal that sent outfielders Matt Lawton and Alex Escobar and left-hander Billy Traber to Cleveland. The deal, though, never worked out for the Mets.
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