The Mets over the weekend traded Bruce Chen 32 and AAA pitcher Dickie Gonzalez 39 to Montreal for reliever Scott Strickland. Strickland takes the No. 25 jersey most recently worn by Gary Matthews Jr. The deal extends the Ed Hearn Trade Chain another link.
A broken bone in his hand delivered Mo “Family Feedbag” Vaughn 42 to the 15-DL. Taking his place is deserving perennial outfield candidate Timo Perez, who’ll be in Chicago this week wearingNo. 6.
On Wednesday night, the Mets traded backup outfielder Gary Matthews Jr. 25 to the Orioles and replaced him on the roster with fotrmer Dodgers and White Sox outfielder, McKay Christensen. Christesen is in uniform wearing No. 23. Sarge Jr. bows out of Met-town after 1 at-bat and 1 pinch-running experience.
The Mets tonight in a bold stroke traded the veteran relievers as responsible for the team’s success as any two Mets over the last three years. We’ll miss whacky Turk Wendell, a MBTN original at 99; and the even nuttier Dennis Cook 27. In return, the Mets receive potentially good lefty pitchers Bruce Chen and Adam Walker. Chen takes No. 32. Walker goes to the Minors in the meantime and Grant Roberts 36 takes his place.
Turk and Cook join another struggling symbol of the good old days Todd Pratt, traded days earlier to Philadelphia for another backup backstop, Gary Bennett. The straight-up uni-swap dressed Bennett in Todd’s old No. 7. We’ll miss Pratt. In addition to THE homer, it was Pratt’s goofy fate to have hit home runs in his first and last at-bat as a Met. All four of these guys had real character and brought us a lot of great memories.