April 2, 1972
After playing a round of golf in West Palm Beach with his coaches on Easter Sunday, Mets manager Gil Hodges, two days shy of his 48th birthday, suffers a fatal heart attack. The club will name current first base coach and former Yankee skipper Yogi Berra to run the team when the strike-delayed season begins.
Sources: Mets, ace deGrom agree to extension: undefined
February 21, 1974
Tom Seaver becomes the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history when he signs a contract for $172,000 per season to pitch for the Mets. Seaver has posted a 135-76 record during his 7 years in New York.
Reports: Hechavarria, Mets reach minors deal: undefined
February 15, 2001
After turning down the Mets’ offer of salary arbitration that at the very least would have been worth $2 to $3 million, Bobby Jones signs a one-year free-agent deal with the Padres for only $625,000. The 31-year-old right-hander, 11-6 last year with New York, will lose 19 games for the Padres this season.
February 10, 1984
After five months of discussion, the Mets and Keith Hernandez, who was eligible for free-agency at the end of the season, come to terms on a five-year, $8 million contract. The deal makes the first baseman the second-highest paid player in franchise history, earning slightly less than George Foster’s $10 million, five-year pact signed two years ago.