Ted Martinez for Mike Vail and Jack Heidemann

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Date: December 11, 1974
Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Sent: Ted Martinez
Received: Mike Vail, Jack Heidemann

The Mets made a trade with the Cardinals in December of 1974. Versatile utilityman Ted Martinez went to St. Louis in exchange for outfielder Mike Vail and infielder Jack Heidemann. Over the previous five seasons, Martinez played in 353 games at six different positions for the Mets while batting .235 with 104 runs scored. Vail was a four-year minor leaguer who played at the Double-A level in '74. Heidemann appeared in 305 major league games over five seasons.

The deal paid off for the Mets immediately. After batting .342 for AAA-Tidewater (Norfolk, Virginia) in 1975, Vail joined the parent club in August. He had a .302 batting average for the rest of the season, which included a 23-game hitting streak that tied a Mets record. Mike hit .246 with eight home runs as a Met over the next two seasons and was sold to the Cleveland Indians in March of 1978. Heidemann played in 66 games for the Mets before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in June of 1976.

Martinez played in 16 games for the Cardinals. He had four hits in 21 at bats and scored one run for the St. Louis team. Ted was dealt to the Oakland Athletics in May of '75.