The Mets acquired outfielder Matt Lawton from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for pitcher Rick Reed on July 30, 2001. He made his Met debut the next day as the starting right-fielder against the Houston Astros. He singled in his first at-bat and went 1 for 4 in the game as the Mets lost 3-2. The next day he went 2 for 4 and drove in his first run as a Met in their 8-2 victory over the Astros. Lawton would go on to appear in 43 games for the Mets and batted .246 with 3 home runs and 13 RBIs. His best game occurred on September 27 against the Montreal Expos, he went 3 for 5 with two doubles and one RBI in helping the Mets win 12-6.
While with the Mets Lawton wore number 23.
Matt Lawton also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 1995-2001
Cleveland Indians – 2002-2004
New York Yankees -2005
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2005
Chicago Cubs – 2005
Seattle Mariners – 2006