Hank Webb and Richard Sander for Rick Auerbach

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Date: February 7, 1977
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Sent: Hank Webb, Richard Sander
Received: Rick Auerbach

In the winter of 1977, the Mets made a deal with the Dodgers. Pitchers Hank Webb and Richard Sander were sent to Los Angeles in exchange for infielder Rick Auerbach. Webb had pitched for the Mets in each of the previous five years while Sander had spent two seasons in the minor leagues. Auerbach was a six-year major league veteran with the Brewers and Dodgers.

For the Mets, Auerbach turned out to be short-term investment. He played in 22 games in the minor leagues in '77 before being dealt to the Texas Rangers for Lenny Randle. Webb appeared in five games for the Dodgers in '77 to end his major league career. Sander pitched in the Dodgers' system until 1980 without reaching the majors.