To qualify for this list, pitchers need to have thrown at least 100 innings for the Mets in the stint immediately following the signing date listed here. The list includes both starters and relievers. The other criteria are the same as they were last week:
First, the players need to have signed with the Mets in 1976 or later, which encompasses the modern era of free agency. Second, they need to have played with another team before signing with the Mets. We’re not including pitchers that the Mets signed before their rookie years, unless those pitchers later returned to the Mets and threw 100 or more innings.
Third, we’re not including players for whom the Mets traded and then signed to an extension or free-agent contract. The list also excludes players that the Mets acquired on the amateur or international free agent markets, or on the waiver wire. We’re focusing only on players the Mets initially acquired through free agency.
Finally, note that the “previous team” listed next to each player is the team with whom he most recently played. If a player last pitched for the Braves, but signed with and was released from the Phillies without pitching a game before signing with the Mets, the Braves will be listed as his previous team.
This list definitely has some lower-profile players than did last week’s. That’s probably because the Mets have had a lot of homegrown pitching talent and therefore used the free agent market to plug holes, rather than make big acquisitions. There were obviously some big exceptions to that practice.
You’ll have eight minutes for this quiz. Good luck, and remember to post your time and score in the comments!