Jerry Koosman for Greg Field and Jesse Orosco

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Date: December 8, 1978
Team: Minnesota Twins
Sent: Jerry Koosman
Received: Jesse Orosco, Greg Field

After 12 seasons with the team, Jerry Koosman was dealt by the Mets to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor leaguers Jesse Orosco and Greg Field on December 8, 1978. Koosman had been the Mets' top lefthanded pitcher with totals of 140 wins and 1799 strikeouts. The team was looking to the future as Jerry returned to his home state to continue his career.

The trade paid off well for the Mets. Although Field never reached the major leagues, Orosco became the Mets' ace reliever during the 1980s. He recorded 47 wins in 372 game appearances and was the first Met ever to reach the 100-save mark. Jesse was also a two-time National League All-Star and a key contributor to the Mets' World Championship in 1986.

Koosman had 20 wins for the Twins in 1979 and recorded 16 victories in 1980. With a 3-9 won-lost record in 1981, he was dealt to the White Sox before the end of the season. The Twins did not finish a season higher than third place in the standings during Jerry's time in Minnesota.

A second link between Koosman and Orosco is that they were the pitchers who threw the final pitches of the Mets' World Series clinching victories.