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Another huge salary dump trade involving the Mets occurred back in 1977, but this trade had the opposite effect on the Mets.
Tom Seaver was not a happy camper when it came to the money he was making, compared to other top pitchers across baseball.
He let Chairman M. Donald Grant know of this, but Grant was not big on the new free agency market and he did not want to pay Seaver the significant raise he felt he was deserved.
One sports writer wrote about this and claimed that Seaver's wife wanted him to ask for more money because she was jealous that Seaver's former teammate, Nolan Ryan, was making more money.
After hearing that story, Seaver immediately demanded a trade and felt that he could not exist around Grant.
In what became the "Midnight Massacre," Seaver got traded to the Reds in June 1977 for Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson, Pat Zachry and Dan Norman.
He would go 14-3 with the Reds while the Mets spiraled downward and became one of the league's worst teams for the following six seasons.