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FLB: Mets preview

Updated: February 8, 2006, 3:00 PM ET
By Tristan H. Cockcroft | ESPN Fantasy Games
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On Monday, the Mets announced plans to honor the 20th anniversary of the World Championship 1986 team, the franchise's last title winner, this summer. However, a more fitting summer celebration would be the team's first division title in 18 years and third World Series title overall. The team certainly spent much of the winter putting the pieces in place to make such a run, and adding names like Carlos Delgado, Paul Lo Duca and Billy Wagner to a developing core should make this team a serious threat to the Atlanta Braves' 11-year run as National League East's champions.

Of course, aiming for postseason glory comes at a price, and that price for the Mets was in prospects. New York stopped by the Florida Marlins' fire sale on two occasions, acquiring Delgado and Lo Duca in separate deals. But in getting them, the Mets traded away three of their top four prospects according to Baseball America, pitchers Gaby Hernandez (No. 3) and Yusmeiro Petit (No. 2) and first baseman Mike Jacobs (No. 2). Top prospect Lastings Milledge (No. 1) remains in the organization, though he has been surrounded by trade talk all winter, most notably the oft-rumored Manny Ramirez deal.

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