The New York Mets acquired infielder Jorge Velandia from the Oakland A’s on August 30, 2000 from the Oakland A’s in exchange for Nelson Cruz. He made his Met debut a week later on September 6th against the Cincinnati Reds as a late game defensive replacement at second base. He would go on to appear in 16 games for the Mets down the stretch, serving mainly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. He stepped to the plate 7 times but failed to get a hit.
Velandia spent the 2001 season with the Mets Triple A affiliate the Norfolk Tides before returning to the big club as a September call up. Like his 2000 stint he served mainly as a defensive replacement and pinch runner. He went 0-9 at the plate.
Velandia would spend the entire 2002 season in the minors and most of the 2003 season before being called up in September. As the starting shortstop on September 3 ,2003 he recorded his first hit as a Met, a triple off Russ Ortiz of the Atlanta Braves. He would go on to appear in 23 games for the Mets, all at shortstop. He hit .274 (11 for 58) with 8 RBI’s.
Following the season Velandia signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Braves. In 47 games for the Mets Velandia hit .149 with 8 RBI’s.
While with the Mets Velandia wore # 11 in 2000 and 2001 and #13 in 2003
Jorge Velandia also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 1997
Oakland A’s – 1998-2000
Tampa Bay Rays – 2007
Cleveland Indians – 2008
Toronto Blue Jays – 2008