Randy Myers and Kip Gross for John Franco and Don Brown
|Date: December 6, 1989|
|Sent: Randy Myers, Kip Gross|
|Received: John Franco, Don Brown|
The Mets and Reds made a deal for lefthanded relief pitchers that also included two minor leaguers. Randy Myers and pitching prospect Kip Gross were sent to Cincinnati in exchange for John Franco and minor league outfielder Don Brown. Myers and Franco made the trade beneficial for both teams.
For the Mets, the Brooklyn-born Franco set a team record with a National League-leading 33 saves in 1990. That same year, he became the first Met ever to win the National League Rolaids Award as the league's top reliever. John became the Mets' all-time leader in saves with a total of 276 in his 15 seasons with the team. Meanwhile, Myers became an All-Star and helped the Reds to a World Championship in '90. He was named co-MVP of the NLCS against the Pirates on the way to the title. Randy played one more year in Cincinnati and seven more seasons with four other major league teams, winning two Rolaids Awards of his own along the way.
Gross pitched in 34 games for the Reds in two seasons with the team, winning 4 and losing 6. Brown played two seasons in the Mets' minor league system, but did not reach the major leagues.
Franco and Myers were the first lefthanders ever to record at least 300 major league saves.