Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore for Joe Torre
|Date: October 13, 1974|
|Team: St. Louis Cardinals|
|Sent: Ray Sadecki, Tommy Moore|
|Received: Joe Torre|
The Mets and Cardinals made a deal after the 1974 season. Pitchers Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore were traded to St. Louis in exchange for Joe Torre. After several years of trying to bring the Brooklyn-born Torre back home, the Mets finally landed the veteran infielder who had been the National League Most Valuable Player in 1971. Sadecki was an experienced major leaguer who never fit in to the Mets rotation during his five seasons with the team. Moore was in the Mets' minor league system for six years.
Torre served the Mets well. He batted .267 in 254 games played for the team and became its manager in 1977. Joe remained at the helm until the end of the 1981 season. His four and one-half year tenure as the Mets' skipper was the longest in team history up to that time.
Neither Sadecki nor Moore lasted half a season with the Cardinals in 1975. In his return to St. Louis (where he played in his first seven seasons), Sadecki pitched 11 innings in 8 games and was traded to the Braves on May 28. Moore pitched in 10 games for the Cardinals before being dealt to the Texas Rangers on June 4. Sadecki came back to the Mets to conclude his career in 1977.