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New York Mets Worst Signings And Trades Ever – No. 1 Mo Vaughn

JUPITER, FL - MARCH 3: First baseman Mo Vaughn #42 of the New York Mets completes his swing during the MLB Grapefruit League Spring Training game against the St. Louis Cardinals on March 3, 2003 at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The Cardinals won 7-1. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)
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Topping my list of the worst signings by the New York Mets is, without a doubt, Mo Vaughn.

Vaughn came to the Mets prior to the 2002 season as GM Steve Phillips opted to pick up the remaining three-years and $46 million on Mo’s six year deal with the Angels, despite the fact that he missed the entire 2001 season due to injury.

He actually wasn’t terrible in his first year. Although he struggled to bat his weight – he had a .259 BA for the year and tipped the scales at about 270 – but slugged 26 homers and drove in 79 runs in 139 games. That included his 300th career homer, and a game-winning three-run bomb late in a game to beat the Yankees 3-2.

But Vaughn tore up his knee is 2003, playing in just 27 games with three homers, 15 RBI’s and a .190 batting average.

He never played again, and although his Met career was just 166 games, it cost New York  $46 million – and probably plenty of post-game cold cut platters.


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