Bad Trades: Amos Otis

Joe Foy and Amos Otis
Kansas City Royals third baseman Joe Foy and New York Mets outfielder Amos Otis. (Baseball Hall of Fame/Getty)

Joe Foy for Amos Otis

December 3, 1969
Joe Foy to the Mets for outfielder Amos Otis and pitcher Bob Johnson. Foy didn’t solve the Mets’ third base problems, while Otis spent 14 years in Kansas City, winning three Gold Gloves, leading the American League in stolen bases in 1971 and was a five time All-Star.

The 1969 World Champion Mets traded the promising Otis to secure Foy as their regular third baseman for the 1970 season, but his skills eroded prematurely due in part to a substance abuse problem.

Foy watched grounders skip by while he was stoned out on dope while playing third. Foy hit .236 in 99 games with the Mets, before being shown the door after the 1970 season.

Foy was picked by the Washington Senators in the Rule 5 draft, but was released in July of 1971 after hitting .234 in 41 games.

About the Author

Lifetime Met fan who hates his parents for making him become a Mets fan as a child. No amount of therapy has helped and cannot switch teams now. Quitting smoking was easier. What a joke this organization really is, how much pain and suffering it has brought us through the years. Bad enough to be in Big Apple with Yankees fans.

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