Victor Garcia and Rafael Santana for Darren Reed, Phil Lombardi and Steve Frey
|Date: December 11, 1987|
|Team: New York Yankees|
|Sent: Rafael Santana, Victor Garcia|
|Received: Darren Reed, Phil Lombardi, Steve Frey|
In a rare occurance, the Mets and Yankees got together on a trade in December of 1987. The Mets sent shortstop Rafael Santana and pitcher Victor Garcia to the other side of New York in exchange for outfielder Darren Reed, catcher Phil Lombardi and pitcher Steve Frey. Santana had been a fixture in the Mets' lineup over the previous four years, which included the 1986 World Championship. Garcia was an A-level pitcher who had three years of minor league experience. Lombardi appeared in 25 games for the Yankees in '86 and '87. Reed and Frey had no previous major league experience.
The deal had no long-term results for either team. After another year in the minors, Lombardi hit .229 in 18 games for the Mets in 1989 to finish his major league career. Reed played in 26 games with the Mets in 1990 and was dealt to the Expos just before the start of the 1991 season. Frey spent a year in the Mets' minor league system and was traded to Montreal in March of '89.
In '88, Santana batted .240 in 148 games in his only year with the Yankees. Garcia never reached the major league level.