The 50 Biggest Fails in New York Mets History

#15. Nolan Ryan (and Others) Traded to Angels for Jim Fregosi

Date: 12/10/1971

Yes, the Mets never really had a solid third baseman. And yes, 24-year-old fireballer Nolan Ryan was a bit wild. How could they have known he'd go on to strike out 5,700, win 324 games and throw seven no-hitters? Meanwhile, Jim Fregosi played all of 146 games as a Met. Oops.

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