John Mitchell and Joaquin Contreras for Keith Hughes and Cesar Mejia

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Date: December 5, 1989
Team: Baltimore Orioles
Sent: John Mitchell, Joaquin Contreras
Received: Keith Hughes, Cesar Mejia

The Mets and Orioles made a deal in December of 1989. Pitcher John Mitchell and outfielder Joaquin Contreras were sent to Baltimore in exchange for outfielder Keith Hughes and pitcher Cesar Mejia. Mitchell had compiled a 4.08 earned run average in 27 games for the Mets over four years while Contreras had five seasons in the Mets' minor league system. Hughes had played for three major league teams in two years. Mejia was a minor league prospect.

Hughes spent the 1990 season in the minor leagues before appearing in eight games for the Mets. He went hitless in nine at bats with the team and was released in November. Mejia pitched one year in the Mets' system and never reached the major leagues.

Mitchell had a 6-6 won-lost record with a 4.64 ERA for the Orioles in '90. He was released after the season and never returned to the majors. Contreras played a season in the minors and did not appear in a game for the Baltimore team.