In need of a catcher to replace the injured Todd Hundley the Mets acquired Rick Wilkins from the Seattle Mariners on May 12, 1998. Wilkins made his Met debut on May 14 and went 0 for 4 against the San Diego Padres. Wilkins would appear in a total of 5 games for the Mets before being sent down to the minors when the Mets acquired Mike Piazza. In his five game Wilkins hit .133 (2 for 17) with one RBI.
Wilkins finished out the season playing for the Norfolk Tides; he hit .269 with the Tides in 45 games. Following the season Wilkins signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a bit of trivia, when the Mets won the 2000 National League Pennant Rick Wilkins made the last out of the 2000 NLCS as a member of the St Louis Cardinals.
While with the Mets Wilkins wore number 39.
Rick Wilkins also played for the following teams.
Chicago Cubs – 1991-1996
Houston Astros – 1995,1996
San Francisco Giants – 1996,1997
Seattle Mariners – 1997,1998
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1999
St. Louis Cardinals – 2000
San Diego Padres – 2001