On December 3, 1969 The Mets, in one of the worst trades in franchise history, and the Royals make one of their best!
The Mets deal outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Bob Johnson to the Royals for third baseman Joe Foy. Foy will play just one season in New York, hitting a meager .236 in 99 games. After the 1970 season, Foy was sold to the Mets’ Tidewater AAA team and then was selected, for $25,000, by the Washington Senators from the Mets in the Rule 5 major-league draft on November 30, 1970. After only 41 games with the Senators, managed by Ted Williams, Foy was released by the Senators on July 16, 1971. This ended his professional baseball career.
Otis, who batted only .151 in 48 games for the Mets, will spend 14 outstanding seasons starring in center field with Kansas City and will finish his career with 193 home runs and 341 stolen bases. Otis will win 3 Gold Gloves, appear in 5 All Star Games and get serious MVP considerations twice for the Royals. The Royals will make the playoffs in 5 straight seasons and make it to the world series in 1980. Otis will hit .295 in those 6 series. He will become a Royals Hall of Fame member.
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