Mike Scott for Danny Heep
|Date: December 10, 1982|
|Sent: Mike Scott|
|Received: Danny Heep|
The Mets traded pitcher Mike Scott to the Houston Astros for outfielder Danny Heep on December 10, 1982. Although the Astros got the better end of the deal, it was not a total loss for the Mets. Both Scott and Heep contributed to their new teams.
Heep started well for the Mets with a .362 batting average in April of 1983. With the emergence of Darryl Strawberry, Danny settled into a part-time role and set a Mets record with four pinch-hit home runs for the season. Heep continued to be a significant utility player for the Mets over the next three years, during which the team won 296 games as well as the 1986 National League Championship and World Series.
Scott became a staff ace during nine seasons in Houston. He won 110 games and recorded 1318 strikeouts for the Astros. In '86, Mike pitched a no-hitter that clinched a division title for the Houston team and won the National League Cy Young Award. Scott also had his uniform number 33 retired by the Astros.