Doug Flynn and Dan Boitano for Jim Kern

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Date: December 11, 1981
Team: Texas Rangers
Sent: Doug Flynn, Dan Boitano
Received: Jim Kern

The Mets made a deal with the Texas Rangers in December of 1981. Second baseman Doug Flynn and pitcher Dan Boitano were traded for relief pitcher Jim Kern. Flynn had been a regular player with the Mets over the previous four and one-half years, during which he won a Gold Glove Award. Boitano was a four-year major leaguer who pitched in 15 games for the Mets in '81. Kern had eight years of major league service and was a three-time American League All-Star.

The trade became indirectly productive for the Mets. Two months after it was made, Kern became part of a group that was sent to the Cincinnati Reds to bring George Foster to New York. A five-time All-Star and former National League Most Valuable Player, Foster had 99 homers and 361 RBIs in five seasons with the Mets as the team ascended to prominence.

Flynn and Boitano each played one season with the Rangers. In 1982, Flynn batted .211 in 88 games for the Texas team. He was sold to the Montreal Expos on August 2. Boitano pitched in 19 games with the Rangers to end his major league career in '82.