Mets trade Coleman for McReynolds

January 06, 1994|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets, discarding remnants of the woeful 1993 season like so many bad memories, traded outfielder Vince Coleman to the Kansas City Royals yesterday.

In return, the Mets reacquired another enigmatic outfielder, Kevin McReynolds, who roamed Shea Stadium for five years before being traded to the Royals after 1991.

That the Mets were required to bring back McReynolds in what was the only deal for Coleman offered by any team did not cause the team to issue any apologies or excuses.

General manager Joe McIlvaine simply said the team had few options when it came to moving Coleman.

"We, as an organization, feel we need to put the Coleman situation behind us, and we got value in Kevin really where there was no value because Vince was not going to play for the ballclub this year," he said.

Most clubs were scared off by Coleman's troubles off the field, chief of which was a firecracker-throwing incident last July that resulted in a misdemeanor conviction for possession of an explosive device.

Only two clubs, both in the American League, expressed interest in signing Coleman, but only if the Mets swallowed his $3 million 1994 contract and released him. The Royals were the only team interested in talking trade.

Coleman hit .279 with 38 stolen bases. McReynolds batted .245 with 11 home runs and 42 RBIs.

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