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1984 New York Mets

Trades and Transactions

Franchise Encyclopedia: 1983 / 1985

90-72, Finished 2nd in NL East (Schedule and Results)
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Manager: Davey Johnson (90-72)
GM: Frank Cashen, Farm Dir: Steve Schryver, Scouting Dir: Joe McIlvaine
Scored 652 runs, Allowed 676 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 78-84

Ballparks: Shea Stadium · Attendance: 1,842,695 (6th of 12)
Park Factors  Over 100 favors batters, under 100 favors pitchers.
  multi-year:
Batting - 99, Pitching - 99 · one-year: Batting - 100, Pitching - 101

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1983 / 1985 Trades and Transactions

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

December 5, 1983

Jeff Bettendorf drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 1983 rule 5 draft.

Jay Tibbs drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1983 rule 5 draft.

December 6, 1983

Drafted Ed Olwine from the New York Yankees in the 1983 minor league draft.

December 8, 1983

Traded Bob Bailor and Carlos Diaz to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Received Sid Fernandez and Ross Jones.

January 15, 1984

Traded John Semprini (minors) to the Seattle Mariners. Received Jim Maler.

January 17, 1984

Drafted Kevin Elster in the 2nd round of the 1984 amateur draft (January). Player signed May 21, 1984.

Drafted Craig Worthington in the 6th round of the 1984 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Scott Little in the 7th round of the 1984 amateur draft (January).

Drafted Brian Givens in the 10th round of the 1984 amateur draft (January). Player signed May 22, 1984.

Signed Rafael Santana as a free agent.

January 20, 1984

The Chicago White Sox chose Tom Seaver as a free agent compensation pick.

January 25, 1984

Signed Mickey Mahler as a free agent.

January 27, 1984

Signed Dick Tidrow as a free agent.

January 30, 1984

Released Dave Kingman.

February 19, 1984

Traded Kelvin Moore to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received William Max (minors).

February 22, 1984

Released Mark Bradley.

March 16, 1984

Released Mickey Mahler.

March 17, 1984

Signed Jerry Martin as a free agent.

March 29, 1984

The Philadelphia Phillies returned Jay Tibbs (earlier draft pick).

April 1, 1984 (Standings)

Traded Tucker Ashford to the Kansas City Royals. Received Tom Edens.

April 5, 1984 (Standings)

Sold Gary Rajsich to the St. Louis Cardinals.

May 8, 1984 (Standings)

Released Dick Tidrow.

May 9, 1984 (Standings)

Received Jeff Bettendorf from the Oakland Athletics as part of a conditional deal.

Released Craig Swan.

May 26, 1984 (Standings)

Signed Terry Leach as a free agent.

June 4, 1984 (Standings)

Drafted Shawn Abner in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1984 amateur draft.

Drafted Tommy Hinzo in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 1984 amateur draft (June Secondary), but did not sign the player.

Drafted Rich Rodriguez in the 9th round of the 1984 amateur draft. Player signed June 13, 1984.

Drafted John Wetteland in the 12th round of the 1984 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Mauro Gozzo in the 13th round of the 1984 amateur draft.

Drafted John Orton in the 17th round of the 1984 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

Drafted Randy Veres in the 32nd round of the 1984 amateur draft, but did not sign the player.

June 15, 1984 (Standings)

Traded Dominick Bullinger (minors), Jay Tibbs and Eddie Williams to the Cincinnati Reds. Received Bruce Berenyi.

June 22, 1984 (Standings)

Purchased Ed Glynn from the Cleveland Indians.

Released Mike Torrez.

July 10, 1984 (Standings)

Signed Heathcliff Slocumb as an amateur free agent.

July 13, 1984 (Standings)

Sold Phil Huffman to the Baltimore Orioles.

August 28, 1984 (Standings)

Signed Jeff Gardner as an amateur free agent.

Traded players to be named later to the Houston Astros. Received Ray Knight. The New York Mets sent Gerald Young (August 31, 1984), Manuel Lee (August 31, 1984) and Mitch Cook (minors) (September 10, 1984) to the Houston Astros to complete the trade.

September 6, 1984 (Standings)

Signed Keith Miller as an amateur free agent.

September 30, 1984 (Standings)

Released Jerry Martin.

October 15, 1984 (Standings)

Rick Anderson granted Free Agency.

Ed Hearn granted Free Agency.

Al Pedrique granted Free Agency.

October 31, 1984

Released Ron Hodges.

November 8, 1984

John Stearns granted Free Agency.

November 9, 1984

Sold Ed Glynn to the Boston Red Sox.

November 12, 1984

Signed Al Pedrique as a free agent.

Rusty Staub granted Free Agency.

December 3, 1984

Brian Giles drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1984 rule 5 draft.

Ed Olwine drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1984 rule 5 draft.

Junior Ortiz drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1984 rule 5 draft.

Lou Thornton drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1984 rule 5 draft.

December 7, 1984

Traded Walt Terrell to the Detroit Tigers. Received Howard Johnson.

December 10, 1984

Traded Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham and Floyd Youmans to the Montreal Expos. Received Gary Carter.

December 13, 1984

Signed Ed Hearn as a free agent.

January 3, 1985

Signed Rusty Staub as a free agent.

Drafted Jerry Nielsen in the 12th round of the 1985 amateur draft (January), but did not sign the player.

January 18, 1985

As part of a 4-team trade, traded Tim Leary to the Milwaukee Brewers. Received Frank Wills from the Kansas City Royals. In addition, the Texas Rangers sent a player to be named later and Danny Darwin to the Milwaukee Brewers; the Milwaukee Brewers sent Jim Sundberg to the Kansas City Royals; ; and the Kansas City Royals sent Don Slaught to the Texas Rangers. The Texas Rangers sent William Hance (minors) (January 30, 1985) to the Milwaukee Brewers to complete the trade.

February 2, 1985

Signed Rick Anderson as a free agent.

March 28, 1985

The Philadelphia Phillies returned Ed Olwine (earlier draft pick).

March 29, 1985

Traded Frank Wills to the Seattle Mariners. Received Wray Bergendahl (minors).

March 30, 1985

Traded Gene Autry (minors) and Ken Reed (minors) to the Chicago White Sox. Received Randy Niemann.

March 31, 1985

Traded Rusty Tillman to the San Diego Padres. Received Rick Lancellotti.

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