Lance Johnson, Mark Clark and Manny Alexander for Brian McRae, Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell

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Date: August 8, 1997
Team: Chicago Cubs
Sent: Lance Johnson, Mark Clark, Manny Alexander
Received: Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, Turk Wendell

The Mets and Cubs made a three-for-three deal in 1997. On August 8, outfielder Lance Johnson was sent back to Chicago (he had previously played for the White Sox) while the Mets acquired outfielder Brian McRae and relief pitchers Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell. Pitcher Mark Clark and infielder Manny Alexander went to the Cubs over the next few days to complete the transaction.

Johnson had a standout season for the Mets in 1996. He set team records with 227 hits, 117 runs scored and 21 triples for the year. Lance continued to be productive for the Mets with a .309 batting average in 1997. Clark was a seven-year major leaguer who had a 22-18 won-lost record in two seasons with the Mets. Alexander had five years of major league experience.

McRae was in his third season with the Cubs and eighth as a major leaguer. Rojas had spent seven seasons with the Expos before joining the Cubs in ’97. Wendell was in his fifth major league season, all of which were with the Chicago team.

In three seasons as a Met, McRae batted .249 with 34 homers and 130 runs batted in. He led the team with 36 doubles, 5 triples and 20 stolen bases in 1998. Rojas had a 5.76 earned run average with five wins over two seasons with the Mets. Wendell recorded 22 wins and 10 saves in five years as a Met. Turk pitched in 13 post-season games for the team in 1999 and 2000.

Johnson played three seasons with the Cubs. He batted .276 and scored 114 runs in 219 games on Chicago’s north side. Clark had 15 wins, 15 losses and a 4.39 ERA in two years as a Cub. Alexander had 137 hits in 231 games in three seasons with the Chicago team.