Outfielder Raul Gonzalez was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds along with Pedro Feliciano Brady Clark and Elvin Andujar in exchange for Shawn Estes on August 15, 2002. He got off to a strong start going 2 for 3 against the San Francisco Giants in his Mets debut on August 21st. He followed that up with a 2 for 4 performance the next day. He finished out the 2002 season strong hitting .259 with three home runs and eleven RBI’s. Two of his home runs came in one game on August 25th against the Colorado Rockies.
Gonzalez started the 2003 season in the minors with the Norfolk Tides, the Mets triple A affiliate, and got off to a strong start. Based on his strong showing in the minors Gonzalez was brought back to the Mets on April 23rd. In his first at bat of the season against the Houston Astros Gonzalez hit a home run. Gonzalez would finish out the season with the Mets but could never gain any consistency hitting a disappointing .230 in 107 games with just two home runs and 21 runs batted in.
Gonzalez started the 2004 season with the Norfolk Tides but after hitting .262 in his first 18 games he was released by the Mets on May 17th and signed with the Cleveland Indians.
In 137 games with the Mets over two seasons Gonzalez hit .238 with five home runs and 32 RBI’s.
While with the Mets Gonzalez wore number 21.
Raul Gonzalez also played for the following teams:
Chicago Cubs – 2000
Cincinnati Reds – 2001,2002
Cleveland Indians – 2004