Lee Mazzilli for Ron Darling and Walt Terrell
|Date: April 1, 1982|
|Team: Texas Rangers|
|Sent: Lee Mazzilli|
|Received: Ron Darling, Walt Terrell|
Before the end of Spring Training in 1982, the Mets made a deal with the Texas Rangers. The team sent outfielder Lee Mazzilli to Texas for pitchers Ron Darling and Walt Terrell. For the previous five years, Mazzilli had been a popular player and one of the Mets' most productive. Darling and Terrell were top prospects in the Rangers' minor league system.
The trade paid off well for the Mets. Darling became a regular part of the team's pitching rotation between 1983 and 1991. He recorded 99 regular season wins plus a victory in Game 4 of the 1986 World Series. Terrell had 19 wins for the Mets in 1983 and 1984 before being dealt to the Detroit Tigers for Howard Johnson.
Mazzilli played 58 games for the Rangers. He batted .241 with 4 homers and 17 runs batted in as a member of the Texas team. During the '82 season, Lee was traded by the Rangers to the Yankees for Bucky Dent. He returned to the Mets four years later to become part of their '86 World Championship.