Jesus Sanchez, A. J. Burnett and Robert Stratton for Al Leiter and Ralph Milliard

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Date: February 6, 1998
Team: Florida Marlins
Sent: Jesus Sanchez, A. J. Burnett, Robert Stratton
Received: Al Leiter, Ralph Milliard

The Mets made a trade with the Marlins in the winter of 1998. Pitchers Jesus Sanchez and A. J. Burnett were sent to Florida with outfielder Robert Stratton for pitcher Al Leiter and second baseman Ralph Milliard. Burnett (A), Sanchez (AA) and Stratton (AAA) all played the 1997 season at a different minor league level. None of them had previous major league experience. Leiter was a ten-year major leaguer who had been a member of three World Championship teams with the Blue Jays (1992, 1993) and Marlins (1997). Milliard played in 32 games for the Florida team over the previous two seasons.

Leiter pitched 213 regular season games for the Mets from 1998 to 2004. He recorded 95 wins, 1106 strikeouts and a 3.42 earned run average with the team. Al was a key contributor to the Mets' Wild Card team of 1999 and National League Champions of 2000. Milliard appeared in 10 games for the Mets in '98. He had three runs scored and struck out in his only at bat as a member of the team.

Sanchez pitched in 142 games over four seasons as a Marlin. He had 23 wins and 32 losses with a 5.06 ERA with the Florida team. Burnett had a 49-50 won-lost record with a 3.73 ERA in seven seasons with the Marlins. Stratton never reached the major league level.