The Mets signed right-handed reliever Ricky Bottalico, a former All-Star with the Philadelphia Phillies, as a free agent on February 4, 2004. After starting the season in the minors with the Norfolk Tides, Bottalico made his Mets debut on May 5th against the San Francisco Giants. He pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 8-2 victory. He would appear in 60 games for the Mets in 2004, all out of the bullpen as a middle reliever. He posted a 3-2 record with a 3.38 ERA in 69 1/3 innings. He also struck out 61 batters. His first win as a Met came on May 18 against the St Louis Cardinals, he pitched the final two innings in the Mets 5-4 victory.
Following the season Bottalico was granted free agency and he signed with the Milwaukee Brewers.
While with the Mets Bottalico wore number numbers 34 and 20.
Ricky Bottalico also played for the following teams:
Philadelphia Phillies – 1994-1998, 2001, 2002
St. Louis Cardinals – 1999
Kansas City Royals – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2003
Milwaukee Brewers – 2005