Breaking down the 2006 Mets

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

Goodbye Glavine

Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

2007 offseason

Goodbye Glavine

The 2007 season ended with one of the worst collapses in baseball history, the team coughing up a seven-game NL East lead with 17 games to play and missing the postseason.

Jose Valentin succumbed to injuries and poor play during the year and was replaced at second base by Luis Castillo. Castillo was acquired from Minnesota in a July 30 trade, that saw catcher Drew Butera and a minor leaguer head to the Twins.

The Mets let Paul Lo Duca and Shawn Green walk after the season and traded outfield prospect — and headache — Lastings Milledge to Washington for right fielder Ryan Church and catcher Brian Schneider. Lo Duca played one more year — split between Florida and Washington — before he was out of baseball. Green didn't even play in 2008.

Tom Glavine, a stalwart in the Mets rotation for five seasons who won his 300th career game in 2007, departed as a free agent and signed with the team that made him a star, the Atlanta Braves. He spent one year in Atlanta and signed a minor-league deal with the team in 2009. But he was released in June and announced his retirement on Feb. 11, 2010.

Key 2007 departures: Jose Valentin, Paul Lo Duca, Shawn Green, Tom Glavine.

Players left from 2006 roster: 14

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