The Mets came close to landing Ken Griffey Jr. in a blockbuster trade back in 2000, but the haul of players that would have been sent in Griffey's place could have altered how well the Mets would have fared during their incredible 2000 season.
According to former Mets Assistant GM Jim Duquette, they offered a package of Armando Benitez, Octavio Dotel and Roger Cedeno, but Grifffey's no trade clause was in the way and at that time he stated he only wanted to go to Cincinatti.
"There was an outside chance we could get him if we offered this package...it got to the point where Pat Gillick the [Mariners] GM at the time, went and asked Griffey, cause he was in the last year of his deal and they didn't think he could sign him long term. But he didn't give him any time, here's a guy who grew up as a Mariner...if I had been given more time I might have accepted the deal," said Duquette.
The Kid in the Big City would have turned heads in a lineup that already boasted Mike Piazza, who went on to finish third in the NL MVP voting and lead the Mets to the World Series where they fell short to the New York Yankees in five games.
Duqette admits that the trade would have left a hole with pitching, as they did not trust John Franco to close with it being the twlight of his career and the package for Griffey would have resulted in the Mets not attaining Mike Hampton via trade, who finished the 2000 season with 15-10 record and 3.14 ERA.
If the Mets were to have lured Griffey out of Seattle, a lineup boasting Edgardo Alfonzo, Piazza, Griffey and Robin Ventura would have been feared. The 30 year old Griffey went on to mash 40 home runs and 118 RBI's in what was his first season with the Reds instead.