The Mets signed right-handed pitcher Rick Trlicek as a free agent on March 28, 1996. He initially reported to the minors appearing in 62 games and posting a 4-5 record with the Norfolk Tides before getting called up to New York in September. He made his Met debut on September 14th against the Atlanta Braves. He threw two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 6-5 victory. He appeared in 4 more games and posted a 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA.
Trlicek was placed on waivers after the season and was claimed by the Boston Red Sox. However, he returned to the Mets on May 12, 1997 when the Red Sox traded him for fellow pitcher Toby Borland. He appeared in 9 games, throwing a total of 9 innings, and posted a 0-0 record with a 8.00 ERA before an arm injury ended his season.
Trlicek returned to the Mets in 1998 but spent the entire season in the minors posting a 2-2 record with a 6.08 ERA in 19 games.
In 14 games for the Mets over two seasons Trlicek went 0-1 with a 6.28 ERA.
While with the Mets Trlicek wore number 34 in 1996 and number 50 in 1997.
Rick Trlicek also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1992
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1993
Boston Red Sox – 1994,1997