Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson and Shawn Abner for Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter and Adam Ging
|Date: December 11, 1986|
|Sent: Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson, Shawn Abner|
|Received: Kevin McReynolds, Gene Walter, Adam Ging|
Following the team's 1986 World Championship, the Mets made a three-for-three deal with the San Diego Padres. Outfielders Kevin Mitchell, Stan Jefferson and Shawn Abner were sent to the west coast in exchange for outfielder Kevin McReynolds, lefthanded pitcher Gene Walter and infielder Adam Ging. The trade was a coming home for Mitchell, a native of San Diego.
For the Mets, McReynolds became a mainstay in left field for five seasons. He played in 736 games and hit 118 home runs from 1987 to 1991. Kevin was a key player for the Mets in their run to the 1988 National League East Division title. Walter pitched in 40 games for the Mets in '87 and '88, posting a 1-3 won-lost record. Ging, meanwhile, played two seasons in the Mets' farm system.
Mitchell played in 62 games for the Padres in '87 before his trade to the Giants. He went on to a productive major league career with many teams and was named National League Most Valuable Player in 1989. Jefferson played two seasons in San Diego and three more years with other major league clubs. Abner batted .207 in his five seasons as a part-time player for the Padres.