Throughout the 2000’s, the New York Mets have had some very good outfielders play for them, along with other lesser outfielders. Some of these outfielders have been speedsters, some have been power hitters, and some have been some mixture of the two. Below, I will list who I think have been the three best Mets’ outfielders in the 2000’s.
In four seasons with the Mets, Floyd had a batting average of .268, with 81 home runs, and 273 runs batted in. In his only season playing in more than 113 games, Floyd hit a team leading 34 home runs, and had 98 runs batted in, which left him behind only David Wright in that category. In his four seasons, Floyd stole 32 bases and was only caught stealing six times, which is a very good success rate. In 2005, Floyd had 15 outfield assists, which was enough to lead the National League. While Cliff Floyd was not as flashy as either of the two players that will follow him on this list, he was a consistent power threat whenever he was in the lineup for the Mets.
In seven seasons with the Mets, Beltran had a batting average of .280, with 149 home runs, and 559 runs batted in. As a Met, Beltran was a five time All-Star, a three time Gold Glove winner, and a two time Silver Slugger winner. Beltran is also near the top of many of the Mets’ all-time statistical categories including on base %, slugging %, runs scored, home runs, and runs batted in, and with a stolen base % of 86.21, he is the Mets’ all-time leader. Beltran also has the Mets’ single season record for runs scored, when he scored 127 in 2006, and is tied with Todd Hundley for the Mets’ single season record for home runs, when he hit 41 in 2006. In 2006, which was arguably the best season in Carlos Beltran’s major league career, he batted .275, with 41 home runs, 116 runs batted in, and 18 stolen bases. His incredible performance that season was good enough for him to come in fourth place in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. As shown by his three Gold Glove awards as a member of the Mets, Beltran was considered to be one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball, especially in his first few years as a Met. While Mets’ fans will never forget when Beltran struck out against the Cardinals in the 2006 NLCS to end the series, he will also go down as one of the best players in Mets’ history, and will potentially be a hall of famer in the future.
In his three injury-riddled seasons with the Mets, Cespedes has already proven to be one of the most talented outfielders in team history. In 270 games with the Mets, Cespedes is batting .285, with 65 home runs, and 172 runs batted in. In the 2016 season, he was voted to the National League All-Star team, and placed eighth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting. He batted .280, with 31 home runs, and 86 runs batted in. If the Mets want to have any chance of competing for the World Series in the next few seasons, they are going to need that sort of production from a healthy Cespedes.