Leo Foster for Jim Burton

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Date: March 29, 1978
Team: Boston Red Sox
Sent: Leo Foster
Received: Jim Burton

The Mets and Red Sox made a deal before the start of the 1978 season. Infielder Leo Foster went to the Boston team in exchange for pitcher Jim Burton. Foster was primarily a utility player for the Mets in each of the two previous years. Burton was a member of the Sox' American League Championship team in 1975, but had pitched in only one game for Boston after the title season.

The trade proved to be of no value for either of the two teams. Burton pitched one year in the Mets' system without appearing in a game for the parent club. Foster played in the Sox' minor league chain and was never called up to Boston. Both players ended their careers after the '78 season.