By Alex Susskind @ASusskind on June 6, 2014
The New York Mets are currently participating in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Team scouts and officials have spent countless hours scouting amateurs in hopes of finding the next Jon Niese or David Wright to be the future of the franchise. However, not all superstars make a name for themselves with the team that drafted them. Here are the top 5 Mets not drafted by the team:
The Montreal Expos drafted Gary Carter in the 1972 draft. For 10-seasons, "The Kid" was the face of the Expos. On Dec. 10, 1984 the team was in rebuild mode and dealt the future Hall-of-Famer to the Mets for IF Hubie Brooks, C Mike Fitzgerald, OF Herm Winningham and P Floyd Youmans. The lovable Carter was considered the final piece for the 1986 World Series Championship team.
The Brooklyn-born closer was drafted in 1981 by the team which originally called Brooklyn home--the Los Angeles Dodgers. Franco would be traded to the Cincinnati Reds in 1983 without ever throwing a pitch for the Dodgers. After six seasons with the Reds, Franco was traded to the the Mets where he would spend the next 15 seasons. While with the Mets, Franco recorded a team-record 276 saves and served as captain from 2001-04.
In 1971, the St. Louis Cardinals selected 1B Keith Hernandez in the 42nd-round of the MLB Draft. Hernandez won National League MVP in 1979 and won the World Series with the team in 1982. The following season he would be traded to the Mets. As a Met Hernandez served as captain for their 1986 World Series Championship team. He currently provides color commentary for the team's T.V. broadcasts and is one of the most beloved figures in Mets history.
Mike Piazza was famously drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 MLB Draft by the Dodgers as a favor to then-manager Tommy LaSorda. Piazza would win National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 with the team and anchor their lineup before being traded to the Florida Marlins and then the Mets 10 days later. As a Met, Piazza carried the team to the playoffs in 1999 and 2000 and was the face of the team from 1998-2005.
This one is by far one of the most bizarre stories in draft history. In 1965, the Dodgers drafted Seaver but passed on signing him after he asked for too much money. The following year the Braves drafted and signed him to a contract. However, Seaver had already started the college baseball season and the contract was voided. The Mets won the rights to him in a lottery and the pitcher went on to be known simply as "The Franchise."
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