After winning the 1997 World Series, the Florida Marlins let go of many of the players involved. But after their win in the 2003 World Series, many players stayed on with the Marlins, leading them to an 83-79 finish in 2004, good enough for third in the National League East. Despite losing several players to free agency, the Fish will start the season with high hopes.
March 3, 2005

Mets retain DeJean, lose Leiter, Hidalgo

NEW YORK – Al Leiter, Richard Hidalgo and Ricky Bottalico are now officially done as Mets. Mike DeJean will hang around. <P>
December 8, 2004

Reports: Leiter heading to Florida

Al Leiter's time in New York may soon be up. <P> According to reports published by <I></I> and the <I>Miami Herald</i>, the 39-year-old lefthander is close to accepting a one-year contract offer from the Florida Marlins, officially ending his seven-year stay with the Mets.
December 2, 2004

Leit's Out

Now that Al Leiter and the Mets have mutually agreed to step away from negotiations, perhaps until after Thanksgiving and perhaps forever, any number of free agent pitchers have suddenly entered the picture.
November 24, 2004

Benson, Leiter close to re-signing

Kris Benson and the Mets are all but certain to remain close companions, and signs are that Al Leiter could soon join him.
November 20, 2004

Roundup: Angels in Piazza mix, Leiter move on deck

The Anaheim Angels are in the mix for Mike Piazza and the Mets prepare to finally cut Al Leiter into free agency, in Monday's Mets roundup:
November 15, 2004