Charles Johnson for Armando Benitez

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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.

Johnson played in 219 games for the Orioles in 1999 and 2000. He hit 37 homers and drove in 109 runs with the Baltimore team. Charles hit .268 as an Orioles player.