Charles Johnson for Armando Benitez
|Date: December 1, 1998|
|Team: Baltimore Orioles|
|Sent: Charles Johnson|
|Received: Armando Benitez|
The Mets got together with the Orioles for a trade in December of 1998. Catcher Charles Johnson went to the Baltimore team in exchange for relief pitcher Armando Benitez. Johnson was a five-year major leaguer who had been acquired by the Mets in a trade with the Dodgers earlier that day. Benitez had been a prime reliever for the Orioles over the previous five seasons.
The deal paid dividends for the Mets. Benitez became the team's top pitcher out of the bullpen during a quality period of time for the team. Armando had 18 wins, 160 saves and a 2.70 earned run average as a Met from 1999 to 2003. The Mets reached the post-season twice during this period and Benitez won a Rolaids Award as the National League's top reliever in 2001.