John Milner and Jon Matlack for Willie Montanez, Ken Henderson and Tom Grieve
|Date: December 8, 1977|
|Team: Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Atlanta Braves|
|Sent: Jon Matlack, John Milner|
|Received: Tom Grieve, Ken Henderson, Willie Montanez|
The Mets got involved in a complicated four-team trade in 1977. In a deal that included the Texas Rangers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Atlanta Braves, Jon Matlack was sent to Texas and John Milner wound up in Pittsburgh. In return, the Mets got outfielders Tom Grieve and Ken Henderson from the Rangers and first baseman Willie Montanez from the Braves. The Mets were looking to enhance their offensive production through the deal.
The unusual transaction did not pay off for the Mets. Henderson played in seven games for the team in 1978 and was dealt to the Reds in May. Also in '78, Grieve batted .208 in 54 games in his only year in New York. After playing in 159 games with 17 homers and 96 RBIs for a last-place Mets team in '78, Montanez was traded to the Rangers in 1979.
Matlack had a 43-45 won-lost record and a 3.41 earned run average in six years with the Rangers. The Texas team never finished a season higher than third place in its division during that time. Milner hit .263 with 34 home runs in 417 games as a Pirate. In 1979, he was a member of a World Series Champion with the Pittsburgh club.