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1978 New York Mets

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1977 / 1979

66-96, Finished 6th in NL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Joe Torre (66-96)
GM: Joe McDonald, Farm Dir: Pete Gebrian
Scored 607 runs, Allowed 690 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 72-90

Ballparks: Shea Stadium · Attendance: 1,007,328 (10th of 12)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 96, Pitching - 97 · one-year: Batting - 98, Pitching - 99

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1977 / 1979 Trades and Transactions

Transactions listed are from October 1 of previous year to April 1 of the following year.

October 24, 1977

Traded Jerry Grote to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received players to be named later. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Daniel Smith (minors) (October 24, 1977) and Randy Rogers (minors) (October 24, 1977) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.

November 2, 1977

Doc Medich granted Free Agency.

November 21, 1977

Signed Tom Hausman as a free agent.

November 30, 1977

Signed Elliott Maddox as a free agent.

December 5, 1977

Rick Baldwin drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 1977 rule 5 draft.

Ned Yost drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1977 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1977

Purchased Kevin Kobel from the Milwaukee Brewers.

December 7, 1977

Purchased Tim Foli from the San Francisco Giants.

December 8, 1977

As part of a 4-team trade, traded Jon Matlack to the Texas Rangers and John Milner to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Received Willie Montanez from the Atlanta Braves and a player to be named later and Tom Grieve from the Texas Rangers. In addition, the Texas Rangers sent Tommy Boggs, Adrian Devine and Eddie Miller to the Atlanta Braves; the Texas Rangers sent Bert Blyleven to the Pittsburgh Pirates; ; and the Pittsburgh Pirates sent Nelson Norman and Al Oliver to the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers sent Ken Henderson (March 15, 1978) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.

December 9, 1977

Traded Roy Staiger to the New York Yankees. Received Sergio Ferrer.

December 12, 1977

Released Mark DeJohn.

January 5, 1978

Mickey Lolich granted Free Agency.

January 10, 1978

Drafted Marty Barrett in the 3rd round of the 1978 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Ricky Jones in the 5th round of the 1978 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Jamie Nelson in the 8th round of the 1978 amateur draft (January).

March 24, 1978

Traded Bud Harrelson to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Fred Andrews and cash.

March 26, 1978

Mike Vail selected by the Cleveland Indians off waivers.

March 27, 1978

Traded Jackson Todd to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Ed Cuervo (minors).

March 29, 1978

Traded Leo Foster to the Boston Red Sox. Received Jim Burton.

April 1, 1978 (Standings)

Released Cliff Speck.

April 5, 1978 (Standings)

Selected Butch Metzger off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

May 19, 1978 (Standings)

Traded Ken Henderson to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Dale Murray.

June 6, 1978 (Standings)

Drafted Hubie Brooks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Brian Giles in the 3rd round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Mike Fitzgerald in the 6th round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Randy Johnson in the 11th round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Mark Davis in the 22nd round of the 1978 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Rick Anderson in the 24th round of the 1978 amateur draft.

Drafted Al Lachowicz in the 27th round of the 1978 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 19, 1978 (Standings)

Signed Marty Perez as a free agent.

July 4, 1978 (Standings)

Sold Butch Metzger to the Philadelphia Phillies.

July 21, 1978 (Standings)

Signed Al Pedrique as an amateur free agent.

July 28, 1978 (Standings)

Traded a player to be named later to the California Angels. Received Gil Flores. The New York Mets sent Pepe Mangual (July 29, 1978) to the California Angels to complete the trade.

September 1, 1978 (Standings)

Marty Perez sent to the Oakland Athletics in an unknown transaction. (Date given is approximate. Exact date is uncertain.)

October 2, 1978 (Standings)

Traded Paul Siebert to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Bob Coluccio.

December 4, 1978

Drafted Bobby Brown from the New York Yankees in the 1978 rule 5 draft.

Drafted Mike Howard from the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1978 rule 5 draft.

December 5, 1978

Traded Tom Grieve and Kim Seaman to the St. Louis Cardinals. Received Pete Falcone.

December 8, 1978

Traded Jerry Koosman to the Minnesota Twins. Received a player to be named later and Greg Field (minors). The Minnesota Twins sent Jesse Orosco (February 7, 1979) to the New York Mets to complete the trade.

1979

Released Billy Baldwin.

January 9, 1979

Drafted Neal Heaton in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1979 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Rusty Tillman in the 10th round of the 1979 amateur draft (January).

March 13, 1979

Traded Mardie Cornejo to the Detroit Tigers. Received Ed Glynn.

March 25, 1979

Bobby Brown selected by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers.

March 26, 1979

Released Bobby Valentine.

March 27, 1979

Traded Nino Espinosa to the Philadelphia Phillies. Received Richie Hebner and Jose Moreno.

March 29, 1979

Released Lenny Randle.

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1977 / 1979 Trades and Transactions