Bad Trades: Dave Kingman

Bobby Valentine and Dave Kingman
San Diego Padres infielder Bobby Valentine and New York Mets first baseman Dave Kingman. (Getty)

Are the Mets famous for trading unproven young talent for fading superstars? Or does management order the General Manager give up a star player just because he has hit his prime and wants to unload a big contract and build for the future? See how some teams and players have fared from some the most lopsided trades in baseball history.

Bobby Valentine for Dave Kingman

June 15, 1977

The Mets trade slugger Dave Kingman to the Padres for utility player Bobby Valentine and pitcher Paul Siebert.

Of all six players the Mets acquired that day, only Valentine had any lasting impact in the organization, and that was only as a coach and manager.

Kingman would play for three other teams that season before signing as a free agent with Cubs.

Kong blasted a career high 48 dingers in 1979, 94 in three seasons with the Cubs.

He would return to the Mets in 1981 and lead the majors in homers in 1982 with 37 while batting .204.

He was released after the 1983 season when the Mets acquired first baseman Keith Hernandez.

Valentine hit .133 in 1977 and .269 in 1978, before being released by manager Joe Torre in March of 1979.

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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