The Mets acquired right-handed pitcher Cory Lidle from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Kelly Stinnett on January 17, 1996. At the time of the trade Lidle had yet to appear in the majors having spent five seasons in the minors for both the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers. He would spend his first season in the Mets organization pitching for the Binghamton Mets, their double A affiliate, where he posted a 14-10 record. He started the 1997 season with the Norfolk Tides before finally getting the call to the majors.
Lidle made his Major League debut for the Mets on May 8, 1997. He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. Three days later Lidle would earn his first victory against the St Louis Cardinals, he pitched a scoreless 8th inning striking out two.
Lidle would finish out the season as one of the Mets most effective relievers. He appeared in 54 games and posted a 7-2 record with 2 saves and 3.53 ERA. Lidle did start two games for the Mets but did not have much success; he failed to get past the 4th inning in each start.
Following the season the Mets lost Lidle when he was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1998 expansion draft. After leaving the Mets Lidle enjoyed an 8-year career before tragically dying in a plane crash in 2006.
While with the Mets Lidle wore number 11.
Cory Lidle also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 1999,2000
Oakland A’s – 2001,2002
Toronto Blue Jays – 2003
Philadelphia Phillies – 2004-2006
Cincinnati Reds – 2004
New York Yankees – 2006