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33 years ago today the Mets made a trade with the Expos that changed the franchise forever. The Mets traded a quartet of players (Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans) for Gary Carter of the Expos. It was a big get for the Mets, who leapt from 68 wins in 1983 to 90 in 1984 behind a couple of young studs named Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. Now New York had its eyes on the postseason, and picking up a star like Carter was a big step toward making that happen.
Only it didn't, at least not right away. Carter had a strong first season with his new team in 1985, hitting 32 homers, driving in 100 runs and finishing sixth in NL MVP voting. The Mets won 98 games -- but wound up finishing second in the NL East to the 101-61 Cardinals and missing the postseason.
The next season, though, things were different. The '86 Mets, as you may have heard, won the World Series over the Red Sox in one of the most thrilling Fall Classics in baseball history. To nobody's surprise, Carter had a lot to do with that -- and his first big moment came in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Astros:
Carter hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning, plating Wally Backman and turning the tide of that series. New York won Game 6 and advanced to the World Series, where Carter again had a lot to do with the final outcome.
2017 Winter meetings start today! This week is a critical week in the Mets offseason that will determine if the Mets will or will not contend in 2018. Who do you want the Mets to sign? Do you think the Mets will make any moves this week? Comment below!