Breaking down the 2006 Mets

A look at how the Mets' 2006 near-pennant winning squad was dismantled.

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Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

2006

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The 2006 Mets were supposed to be a template of things to come. It proved true, just not in a way anyone imagined at the time.

The team sprinted to a first-place finish in the National League East with a 97-win season. They swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL Division Series and took St. Louis to Game 7 in the NL Championship Series. They would get no further.

Expected to contend year after year, these Mets instead were beset by injuries and season-ending collapses. With Jose Reyes now a Miami Marlin, the only major piece remaining from that promising 2006 squad is David Wright (Mike Pelfrey pitched in only four games that year).

So how did the Mets break down almost that entire group in six offseasons?

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