In one of the worst trades in franchise history, the Mets deal outfielder Amos Otis to the Royals for third baseman Joe Foy. The 22-year-old flycatcher will have an outstanding 14-year career with Kansas City, becoming a member of the team's Hall of Fame, while Foy will play just one season in New York, hitting a meager .236 in 99 games.
In a six-player deal, the Mets trade reliever Tug McGraw to the Phillies along with outfielders Don Hahn and Dave Schneck in exchange for outfielder Del Unser, pitcher Mac Scarce, and catcher John Stearns. The 'Ya Gotta Believe' closer will quickly become a fan-favorite in Philadelphia, helping the team win the World Series in 1980, the first in its 97-year history.
To replace Billy Wagner, who joined the Mets as a free agent earlier in the week, the Phillies sign right-hander Tom Gordon as the team's closer. The 38-year-old former Yankee set-up man agrees to an $18 million, three-year deal to hurl for the City of Brotherly Love.
The Nationals add another young outfielder with considerable potential but a troubled past when the team acquires Elijah Dukes from the Rays for pitching prospect Glenn Gibson. Four days ago, the team traded Ryan Church and Brian Schneider for Lastings Milledge, who had a tumultuous tenure with the Mets.
The Mariners deal All-star second baseman Robinson Cano, Edwin Diaz, last season's major league leader in saves, and cash to the Mets for Gerson Bautista, Jay Bruce, Justin Dunn, Anthony Swarzak, and minor leaguer Jarred Kelenic. The trade doesn't fix New York's need to bolster their flailing bullpen when their new closer loses his role, finishing the season with 26 saves and seven blown opportunities.