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The Padres traded Randy Jones 35 years ago

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On this day in 1980, the Padres traded their first major award recipient, 1976 Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, to the Mets for two marginal players who had performed poorly for New York, and wouldn't fare any better in San Diego. Jones was on the downswing of his career, but he did stick around Queens for two seasons, pitching in 41 games for the far-from-Amazin' Mets.

Of the two players the Padres got in return, only Jose Moreno saw regular-season action in brown, gold, and orange. The outfielder and second baseman had been used primarily as a pinch-hitter in his lone year with the Mets. He was by no means effective, slashing .196/ .240/ .413 in 51 plate appearances over 37 games. This proved to be no blip, as he hit .229/ .245/ .271 in 50 trips to the plate during his 34 games with the Padres in 1981. Moreno headed to the Angels after the season via the Rule 5 draft; he wrapped up his career by going 0-3 with a pair of walks in his time with a halo on his hat.

Pitcher John Pacella was also a poorly performing rookie for the Mets in 1980; he put up a 5.14 ERA in 84 innings over 32 games (15 starts) after getting brief cups of coffee in 1977 and '79. Unlike Moreno, he didn't get a chance to flop for the Friars, as he was sent back to The Big Apple at the tale-end of Spring Training, this time in a trade with the Yankees. Along with Jerry Mumphrey, he netted Ruppert Jones, Tim Lollar, Chris Welsh, and Joe Lefebvre. Pacella spent all of that season in AAA Columbus, but did get back up to the bigs to falter for the Yankees and Twins in 1982, the Orioles in 1984, and the Tigers in 1986.

As for Jones, his heyday was behind him, but he battled through injuries to pitch in 13 games (12 starts) for an awful Mets team in 1981, and 28 more (20 starts) in '82 before stepping away from the game following his release by the Pirates prior to the beginning of the next season. Jones recorded a 4.69 ERA in his 167 innings in orange and blue, quite the contrast to the 3.30 mark he put together in 1766 innings across eight seasons with the Padres.