Off Day WAR: The Best And Worst Seasons By Mets Left Fielders

Left field is next in the off day wins above replacement (WAR) series.  Here are the top 10 seasons by Mets left fielders, per Sean Smith's WAR database:

Rank Year Player WAR
1 1996 Bernard Gilkey 8.0
2 1969 Cleon Jones 7.5
3 2005 Cliff Floyd 4.9
4 1988 Kevin McReynolds 4.6
5 1971 Cleon Jones 3.9
6 1990 Kevin McReynolds 3.8
7 1989 Kevin McReynolds 3.5
8 2003 Cliff Floyd 3.5
9 1976 John Milner 3.4
10 1968 Cleon Jones 3.2

And the bottom 10:

Rank Year Player WAR
38 1986 George Foster 0.0
39 1993 Vince Coleman 0.0
40 1973 Cleon Jones -0.1
41 1998 Bernard Gilkey -0.1
42 1995 Joe Orsulak -0.4
43 2002 Roger Cedeno -0.4
44 1982 George Foster -0.7
45 1964 George Altman -0.9
46 1981 Lee Mazzilli -0.9
47 2001 Benny Agbayani -1.1

Some quick thoughts:

  • Bernard Gilkey's 1996 season was ridiculous, and it matches David Wright's 2007 for the most valuable season in team history.  Gilkey also has the biggest gap between most and least valuable seasons, at 8.1 WAR.
  • Cliff Floyd is the man.  
  • The Kevin McReynolds era was slightly before my time, but almost everything I've read implies that he was regarded as lazy and didn't care about winning, despite his solid performance.  Sounds like Carlos Beltran! 
  • Before I learned that there's more to evaluating baseball players than batting average and stolen bases, I thought Roger Cedeno was pretty awesome.  Apparently Steve Phillips did too, as he gave Cedeno a 4 year, $18 million contract following a replacement level season.  Then again, Cedeno was part of the trade for Mike Hampton, who the Mets indirectly swapped for Wright, so maybe Cedeno had some value after all.
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