The 50 Biggest Fails in New York Mets History

#13. Scott Kazmir Traded for Victor Zambrano

Date: 7/30/2004

It wasn't just that Jim Duquette traded the team's best prospect. It wasn't just that Duquette made the trade when the team was 7.5 games out of the wild card race. And it wasn't just that he traded for a middling starter who led his league in walks, wild pitches, and hit batsmen the year before. No, it was that he did all three at the same time. Well, that and the fact that the Mets really, really, really could've used Kazmir in the 2006 NLCS. If Jim Duquette could screw over the Mets this bad in only 11 months, imagine what he could’ve done with more time at the helm.

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