Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton and Matt Peterson for Kris Benson and Jeff Keppinger
|Date: July 30, 2004|
|Team: Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Sent: Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton, Matt Peterson|
|Received: Kris Benson, Jeff Keppinger|
The Mets and Pirates made a trade in late July of 2004. Infielders Jose Bautista and Ty Wigginton as well as pitcher Matt Peterson were sent to Pittsburgh for pitcher Kris Benson and second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Bautista was a rookie whom the Mets had acquired from the Royals earlier in the day. Wigginton had accumulated 270 hits in three seasons with the Mets. Peterson was in his fourth year in the Mets' minor league system. Benson was a five-year major league veteran while Keppinger was at the Double-A level.
Benson pitched in 39 games with the Mets in 2004 and 2005. He won 14 games, lost 12 and had a 4.23 earned run average with 146 strikeouts. Kris was dealt to the Orioles in January of 2006. Keppinger spent time with the Mets' AA (Binghamton) and AAA (Norfolk) teams and appeared in 33 games with the parent club in '04. He had 33 hits for 44 total bases as a Met. After another year in the minor leagues, Jeff was traded to the Royals.
Bautista had a .241 batting average in 400 games with the Pirates over five seasons. He hit 43 homers and drove in 159 runs in Pittsburgh. Wigginton played in 115 games for the Pittsburgh team in 2004 and 2005. Ty batted .237 with 134 total bases as a Pirate. Peterson never reached the major league level.