The New York Mets acquired Toby Borland along with Ricardo Jordan from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Rico Brogna on November 27, 1996. Borland had proved to be an effective middle reliever for the Phillies over the previous three seasons winning 10 games, including a 7-3 record in 1996. The Mets were hoping he would fill the same role for them in 1997 but things did not work out for Borland in New York and he was traded to the Boston Red Sox for Rick Trlicek on May 12,1997.
He made his Mets debut on Opening Day in 1997 and had a dreadful outing. He allowed 3 runs in just 1/3 of an inning. He never fully recovered and had a difficult time finding the plate. In 13 games for the Mets he posted a 6.08 ERA and walked 14 batters in 13 1/3 innings. His one shining moment with the Mets came on April 15 when he pitched four innings of relief to earn a save in the Mets 5-0 win over the Dodgers.
While with the Mets Borland wore number 43.
Toby Borland also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1994-1996, 1998
Boston Red Sox – 1997
Anaheim Angels – 2001
Florida Marlins – 2002-2004