Mike Phillips for Joel Youngblood
|Date: June 15, 1977|
|Sent: Mike Phillips|
|Received: Joel Youngblood|
On the day that Tom Seaver and Dave Kingman were unpopularly dealt away, the Mets made another trade that got very little attention. The team sent infielder Mike Phillips to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Joel Youngblood. The chaos that came about from the transactions involving Seaver and Kingman overshadowed this other deal.
Of the three trades made that day, it was the Phillips-Youngblood one that had the most positive results for the Mets. Youngblood became one of the team's main players for five years. He appeared in 610 games for the Mets and tied a team record with 37 doubles in 1979. Joel became a National League All-Star in 1981.
Phillips played three and one-half seasons in St. Louis, compiling a batting average of .246 with 2 homers and 50 runs batted in as a utility player. The Cardinals traded Mike to the Padres after the 1980 season. He ended his career with the Montreal Expos in 1983.