In 1967, with the 4th overall pick in the amateur draft, the Mets chose a big, 17-year old, Pennsylvania lefty named Jon Matlack. Matlack worked his way up through the system and debuted in July of 1971, throwing seven innings of two-run ball in a Mets loss. That was the first of 199 starts that Matlack would ultimately make for the Mets, for whom he’d win 82 games with a 3.03 ERA and 27.0 Wins Above Replacement. That’s good value. But Matlack wasn’t done.
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Pete Falcone was considered a good swingman when the Mets let him walk via free agency after the 1982 season. As compensation, they received Atlanta’s 1st round pick and a sandwich pick, which they used on Stan Jefferson and Calvin Schiraldi. Schiraldi was packaged and sent to Boston for a package of players that included Bobby Ojeda, who would win 18 games for the World Champion Mets. As an added bonus, Schiraldi became a trusted member of the Sox bullpen down the stretch and was hung with the loss in both games 6 and 7 of the Series. He was on the mound in Game 6 when Gary Carter, Kevin Mitchell, and Ray Knight hit consecutive singles to chase him from the game, and gave up three runs in the 7th inning of Game 7 to give the Mets a three-run lead, which they never surrendered.