Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz for Mike Piazza
|Date: May 22, 1998|
|Team: Florida Marlins|
|Sent: Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall, Geoff Goetz|
|Received: Mike Piazza|
The Mets made a trade with the Marlins that got major attention in May of 1998. All-Star catcher Mike Piazza was acquired for outfielder Preston Wilson and pitchers Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz. The deal was a surprise, considering that Piazza had been traded to the Florida team by the Dodgers only eight days earlier. The news of the deal was welcomed by Mets fans with joy.
Piazza had a standout career as a Dodger. He was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1993 and played in the All-Star Game in each of his five seasons with the Los Angeles team. In 1996, Mike was named Most Valuable Player of the Game at Philadelphia. Wilson, the stepson of Met favorite Mookie Wilson, played in eight games for the Mets in '98 to begin his major league career. Yarnall and Goetz were minor league prospects.
Piazza was a precious addition to the Mets. In 972 games over eight seasons with the team, he batted .296 with 220 home runs and 655 RBIs. Mike was the Mets' regular catcher and one of its top players during the team's run to the 1999 Wild Card and 2000 National League Championship.
Wilson played in 588 games for the Marlins from 1998 to 2002. He had a .262 batting average, 87 stolen bases and 104 home runs with the Florida team. Officially a rookie in 1999, Preston was second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. Yarnall spent the rest of the '98 season in the minor leagues and never played in a game for the Marlins. Goetz never reached the major league level.