New York Mets: The Players of the Decade, Who Parted Ways Too Early

The New York Mets have a history of missing out on significant players when they happened to be on their roster. Through trades or merely cutting a player, here are the players the Mets gave up on too soon.

Travis d’Arnaud

d’Arnaud had initially been the prize piece in the R.A. Dickey deal, but he never panned out to be the top prospect praise he received. He hit .242 with 47 home runs during his seven seasons as a Met. After he started 2019 slow, the Mets released him, and he landed on the Dodgers before heading to the Rays five days later. He ended up breaking out to hit .263 with 16 home runs and 67 RBIs in Tampa. It resulted in him earning a two-year deal with the Braves during the offseason.

Daniel Murphy

Murphy cemented his place in Mets fans hearts when he dominated the 2015 postseason to lead the Mets to the World Series. In the World Series, he left fans with a bad taste in their mouths after he struggled to produce offensively and defensively. The Mets tried to bring Murphy back on a qualifying offer but did not offer him anything more.

Murphy ended up signing with the rival Nationals. Not only did he put together dominant seasons with the Nationals, but he torched his former team. Since Murphy left the Mets, he is hitting .355/.411/.650 with 12 homers and 44 RBIs against the Mets. The Mets replaced Murphy with Neil Walker, but he never put up numbers anywhere near Murphy’s.

Justin Turner

Turner might be the biggest miss the Mets had. He hit .265/.326/.370 as a Met, with very minimal power numbers. The Mets decided to let him go after the 2013 season, even though it looked like Turner started to become a good hitter. Turner hit .305 during his final two months with the Mets, but the organization never felt that he was an everyday player.

He went on to the Dodgers and has become a star. In his six years with the Dodgers, Turner is a .302 hitter, with 112 home runs, 168 doubles, one All-Star selection, and three top-15 MVP finishes. He has been even better during the postseason hitting .310 with nine homers over 54 playoff games.

Hansel Robles

In a year where the bullpen killed the Mets season, this one hurts. Robles always had a live arm and had two solid seasons to begin his Mets career. In 2017, things started to go downhill as the home run started to hurt him. The Mets put Robles on waivers in 2018 after he allowed seven home runs in 19.2 innings.

The Angles claimed Robles, and it seemed like everything turned out better in LA. Through a year and a half, he has a 2.64 ERA in 108 games, allowing only eight home runs with the Angels. He even emerged as the Angels closer, locking down 23 games in 2019.

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Hansel Robles

New York Mets 40-Man Roster Overview: Hansel Robles

Hansel Robles, the 27-year old reliever, is one of the more interesting pitchers the New York Mets have on their roster. His struggles with consistency and the long ball has not put his Mets future in question as he continues to struggle.

Robles Road to the Big Leagues

Robles was originally signed as an international free agent in August 2008 out of the Dominican Republic. He spent 2009 and 2010 with the Dominican League Mets where he had a 2.91 and 3.09 ERA as a starter. He spent the next year with the Kingsport reliever and pitched 37 innings as a reliever and had a 2.68 ERA.

Robles returned to being a starter in 2012 with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He has his best year in the minors going 6-1 with a 1.11 ERA and only walked 10 batters in 72.2 innings. His strong year earned him a New York-Penn League All-Star selection. Next year was not as strong as the year before, but was still good.  He had a 3.78 ERA in a year he spent mostly with the St. Lucie Mets.

Robles Finally Makes it to the Show

Robles arrived to the Binghamton Mets in 2014 and split time as a starter and reliever. His ERA rose to 4.31 but pitched a career high 110.2 innings. After pitching 7.2 innings out of the bullpen with the Las Vegas 51s he earned the call-up to the New York Mets. His rookie season was a successful one going 4-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 61 strikeouts.

2016 was his first full season in the big leagues and he was very solid out of the Mets bullpen. In 77.2 innings pitched he struck out 85 batters with a 3.48 ERA. The team had high hopes for him in 2017 but he struggled to a point where the Mets optioned him back to Las Vegas. After two months in the minors he made his return in mid-July. He came back better than ever but completely imploded in the September. Overall he finished the season with a 4.92 ERA in 46 games.

His struggles have carried over into Spring Training by allowing 13 runs in 11.2 innings. He has also given up an alarming five home runs. He has been scored upon in four out of his eight outings this spring. Robles will have a tight leash on him this season if he does end up making the team this season and there is no guarantee of that happening.