February 5, 2014

That Crazy Day in Queens: February 5

Born on this date:
Joan Payson (1903)
Roberto Alomar (1968)

Transactions:
- Mets sold Greg Goossen to the Seattle Pilots in 1969.

- Mets released Elliott Maddox in 1981.

- Mets traded Roberto Petagine to the Cincinnati Reds for Yuri Sanchez in 1998.

- Mets signed free agent Scott Erickson in 2004.

- Mets signed free agent Elmer Dessens of the Atlanta Braves in 2009.

January 31, 2014

That Crazy Day in Queens: January 31

Born on this date:
Nolan Ryan (1947)
Bob Apodaca (1950)
Rafael Santana (1958)

Died on this date:
Harry Chiti (2002)

Transactions:
- San Diego Padres signed Mike Piazza of the Mets as a free agent in 2006.

January 30, 2014

That Crazy Day in Queens: January 30

Born on this date:
Charlie Neal (1931)
Davey Johnson (1943)
Nick Evans (1986)

Transactions:
- Mets signed free agent Joe Ginsberg in 1962.

- Mets released Dave Kingman in 1984.

- Mets signed free agent John Valentin in 2002.

- Toronto Blue Jays signed Victor Zambrano of the Mets as a free agent in 2007.

- Mets signed free agent Robinson Cancel in 2007.

Games and Events:
2009 - The Mets avoid salary arbitration with John Maine (10-8, 4.18) when both sides agree to a $2.6 million, one-year deal. The 25-year old right-handed starter, who missed the last five weeks of the season due to an injury to his pitching shoulder, is expected to play a major role this year in the team's pitching rotation.

January 29, 2014

That Crazy Day in Queens: January 29

Born on this date:
Sergio Ferrer (1951)
Kevin Roberson (1968)

Transactions:
- Mets signed free agent Shane Spencer in 2004.

Games and Events:
1989 - After nine years of use, the game-winning RBI stat is dropped. Mets' first baseman Keith Hernandez will remain the all-time leader with a 129 GW RBIs.

2006 - In a surprising development, former Mets backstop Mike Piazza and the National League West champion Padres come to terms on a one-year, $2 million deal. The 37-year-old likely Hall of Famer, who will behind the plate for 90 to 100 games this season in addition to playing some first base and DHing in inter-league contests, was thought to be headed to an American League team to be a full time designated hitter.