Catcher Raul Casanova was originally drafted by the Mets in the 1990 amateur draft, but after spending two seasons in the minors he was traded to the San Diego Padres along with D.J. Dozier and Wally Whitehurst for Tony Fernandez. Casanova would spend the next 14 years bouncing around the majors and minors before eventually returning to the Mets in 2008 as a free agent.
On April 11, 2008 against the Milwaukee Brewers he made his Mets debut as their starting catcher and went 1-3 at the plate. Casanova would appear in 20 games for the Mets before being sent back to the minors in the middle of June. He hit .273 (15-55) with a home run and 6 RBIs. His one home run came on April 27 against the Atlanta Braves; it was his best game as a Mets as he went 3-4 with 2 RBIs.
After his demotion in June he spent the remainder of the season with the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets triple A affiliate. His brief stint with the Mets would be his last in the majors.
While with the Mets Casanova wore number 30.
Raul Casanova also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1995-1998
Milwaukee Brewers – 2000-2002
Baltimore Orioles – 2002
Chicago White Sox – 2005
Tampa Bay Devil Rays – 2007