Bret Saberhagen and David Swanson for Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch

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Date: July 31, 1995
Team: Colorado Rockies
Sent: Bret Saberhagen, David Swanson
Received: Juan Acevedo, Arnold Gooch

The Mets and Rockies made a deal of pitchers at the trade deadline in 1995. Bret Saberhagen was sent to Colorado in exchange for Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch. Four days later, pitcher David Swanson went from the Mets to the Rockies to complete the transaction. Saberhagen, a two-time Cy Young Award winner as a Royal in the 1980s, had won 29 games in four seasons with the Mets. Acevedo was in his rookie season. Gooch and Swanson were low-level minor leaguers.

Acevedo spent the rest of the '95 season and all of 1996 at AAA-level Norfolk. In 1997, he had a 3-1 won-lost record in 25 games with the Mets. Juan was traded to the Cardinals for Rigo Beltran in March of 1998. Gooch pitched four seasons in the Mets' system and never reached the major leagues.

Saberhagen recorded two wins and had a 6.22 earned run average with the Colorado team in '95. He pitched four innings and got the loss in the Rockies' 10-4 defeat in the fourth and final game of the NLDS at Atlanta. Bret later signed with the Boston Red Sox. Swanson pitched in eight A-level games in '95 and was released by the Rockies.