While the Mets were asking Alfonzo to beat it, they also decided against arbitration offers to John Valentin 4, Mark Guthrie 53, Jeff D’Amico 18 and Steve Reed 39, most likely ending their careers with the Mets. And they re-signed the boring-but-effective Steve Trachsel 29.
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Once again, Steve Phillips went hard at the trading deadline, resulting in three new Mets. He sent Jay Payton 44, Mark Corey 27 and minor league slugger Robert Stratton to Colorado for righty starter John Thomson and utility outfielder Mark Little. Met press notes say Thomson will wear No. 50 and Little No. 21. Little’s number became available minutes earlier when the Mets sent Bobby Jones 21 and a few minor leaguers to San Diego for sidearming reliever Steve Reed. Reed will wear No. 39. (Thanks to Jason for the speedy update). Also, Satoru Komiyama 17 was sent to Norfolk (again, and probably, forever).
Also on Wednesday, the Mets recalled Mike Bacsik 33, and welcomed Super Joe McEwing 47 back from the disabled list. After the game, Bacsik was sent back to Norfolk, along with Marco Scutaro 26, in order to make room for the new arrivals.