Ryan Thompson and Reid Cornelius for Mark Clark
|Date: March 31, 1996|
|Team: Cleveland Indians|
|Sent: Ryan Thompson, Reid Cornelius|
|Received: Mark Clark|
The Mets and Indians made a trade with each other just before the beginning of the 1996 season. Outfielder Ryan Thompson and pitcher Reid Cornelius went to Cleveland in exchange for pitcher Mark Clark. Thompson hit 39 home runs and drove in 126 runs over the previous four seasons with the Mets. Cornelius had one year of major league experience. Clark had pitched five major league seasons with the Cardinals and Indians.
Clark made 54 starts and one relief appearance for the Mets in 1996 and 1997. He had a 3.76 earned run average and won 22 games while losing 18. During the '97 season, Mark was sent to the Cubs in a six-player deal.
Thompson played in only eight games for the Indians in '96. He had 7 hits in 22 at bats with the Cleveland team. Ryan joined the Kansas City Royals organization after the season. Cornelius spent the '96 season in the Indians' minor league system and never played for the Tribe.