The Mets signed utility player Craig Paquette as a free agent on December 23, 1997. He would start the 1998 season in the minors before making his Met debut on April 28, 1998 as their starting leftfielder. He doubled in his first at-bat as the Mets defeated the Houston Astros 4-3. Paquette played another six games before being sidelined with a sprained ankle, an injury that would end his season. At the time of his injury he was hitting .263.
Paquette spent the 1999 season with the Norfolk Tides, the Mets AAA affiliate, before being traded to the St Louis Cardinals on July 31 for Shawon Dunston. At the time of the trade he was hitting .272 with the Tides.
While with the Mets Paquette wore number 18.
Craig Paquette also played for the following teams:
Oakland A’s – 1993-1995
Kansas City Royals – 1996,1997
St, Louis Cardinals – 1999-2001
Detroit Tigers – 2002,2003