The New York Mets, after over a week of speculation, have finally found a team to acquire Matt Harvey. Cincinnati agreed to ship All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco to the Mets in exchange for Harvey, who hopes a new setting may help him overcome his struggles over the past two seasons.
The right hander enjoyed his early years with New York, making an All-Star appearance and a Cy Young runner-up while leading the Mets to the National League Championship in 2015. As good as he was for them, however, Harvey is not the most noteworthy starter the Mets have shipped to Cincinnati.
That honor belongs to a Hall of Fame pitcher who not only led New York to the pennant, but to a World Series Championship as well. Nicknamed Tom Terrific, he would be the face of a lineup comprising stars who played for both the Reds and the Mets.
Here is how it might look, excluding current players such as Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce.
Starting Pitcher, Tom Seaver
He was the ace of the staff in the Big Apple, and he later pitched a no-hitter for the Reds.
Closer, John Franco
The left hander anchored the Riverfront Stadium bullpen before the arrival of the Nasty Boys, and he also closed games for a championship Mets team.
First Base, Joel Youngblood
Besides spending time with both clubs, Youngblood is better known for being the only player to get hits in two different cities in the same day.
Second Base, Doug Flynn
Born in Reds territory, he naturally became a Cincinnati broadcaster after his playing career.
Shortstop, Tony Fernandez
His prime was spent in Toronto, but the Reds and Mets are just two of many other clubs with whom the All Star suited up.
Third Base, Ray Knight
After replacing Pete Rose at third, Knight later handled the hot corner for New York’s 1986 World Series Champions.
Left Field, George Foster
Just three years removed from his 1977 Most Valuable Player award, Foster finished his strong career for several seasons in Shea Stadium.
Center Field, Mike Cameron
He is best remembered in the Queen City as the guy used to acquire Ken Griffey Jr. from Seattle, which eventually sent him to Queens.
Right Field, Gus Bell
His best years were with Cincinnati, but he did have several solid seasons with the Mets.
Catcher, Alex Trevino
Trevino is the only player to do two stints with each team, playing for both to start his career and at the end of it.