How the 1986 Mets were built

Dwight Gooden, left and Darryl Strawberry in the Dwight Gooden, left and Darryl Strawberry in the Mets' dugout. Photo Credit: Newsday / Paul Bereswill

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June, 1977

Wally Backman, 2B: Drafted in first round

Mookie Wilson, LF: Drafted in second round

Dec. 8, 1978

Jesse Orosco, RP: Traded from Twins Feb. 7, 1979 to complete trade for Jerry Koosman

November 1980

Kevin Mitchell, OF/INF: Signed as an amateur free agent

June, 1980

Darryl Strawberry, RF: Drafted in first round

June 10, 1980

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Doug Sisk, RP: Signed as amateur free agent

June 1981

Lenny Dykstra, OF: Drafted in 13th round

April 1, 1982

Ron Darling, SP: Traded from Rangers with Walt Terrell for Lee Mazzilli

June 1982

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Dwight Gooden, SP: Drafted in first round

Roger McDowell: Drafted in third round

Dec. 10, 1982

Danny Heep: Traded from Astros for Mike Scott

Feb. 3, 1983

Ed Hearn: Signed as a free agent

June, 1983

Rick Aguilera: Drafted in third round

June 15, 1983

Keith Hernandez: Traded from Cardinals for Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey

Dec. 8, 1983

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Sid Fernandez: Traded from Dodgers with Ross Jones for Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz

1984

Dave Johnson becomes manager

Jan. 17, 1984

Rafael Santana: Signed as a free agent

June, 1984

Kevin Elster: Drafted in second round

June 15, 1984

Bruce Berenyi: Traded from Reds for Matt Bullinger, Jay Tibbs, Eddie Williams June

Dec. 7, 1984

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Howard Johnson: Traded from Tigers for Walt Terrell

Dec. 10, 1984

Gary Carter: Traded from Expos for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans

March 30, 1985

Randy Niemann: Traded from White Sox for minor leaguers Gene Autry and Ken Reed

Nov. 13, 1985

Bob Ojeda: Traded from Red Sox with Chris Bayer, Tom McCarthy and John Mitchell for John Christensen, Wes Gardner, Calvin Schiraldi and LaSchelle Tarver

Jan. 16, 1986

Tim Teufel: Traded by Twins with Matt Crosby for Billy Beane, Joe Klink and Bill Latham

Aug. 3, 1986

Lee Mazzilli: Signed as a free agent (originally drafted in first round, 1973)

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