The New York Mets have acquired all-star second baseman Roberto Alomar from the Cleveland Indians in the first blockbuster trade of the winter meetings.
The Indians will get outfielders Matt Lawton and Alex Escobar, reliever Jerrod Riggan and two players to be named.
In addition to Alomar, the Mets also get pitcher Mike Bacsik and first baseman Danny Peoples.
"I was kind of disappointed," said Alomar. "I was real happy in Cleveland and thought I did a great job."
Alomar, 33, will earn $8 million US next season, and has an $8-million team option for 2003. The 12-time all-star and former Blue Jay led the Indians with a .336 average, and had 20 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals.
"I think I'll need a flak jacket when I get off the plane, probably," said new Cleveland GM Mark Shapiro. "Any time you trade away a Hall of Fame-calibre talent, it's something you don't do lightly."
Mets general manager Steve Phillips said it was a tough call for him to let go of Lawton, Escobar and Riggan.
"To get Alomar, we had to give up talent like this," Phillips said. "It was hard to give that up. In this situation, we thought it was something worth the price."
Lawton, 30, came to Mets from Minnesota in July. He hit .246 for New York with three home runs, 13 RBIs and 10 steals. With the Twins, he batted .297 with 10 homers, 51 RBIs and 19 steals.
Escobar, 23, hit .200 with three homers and eight RBIs in 50 at-bats.
Riggan, a 27-year-old right-hander, was 3-3 with a 3.40 ERA in 35 relief appearances for New York.
Bacsik, 24, was the Indians' minor league pitcher of the year in 2001. He was 13-6 with a minor league 3.03 ERA, and appeared in three games for Cleveland.
Peoples, 26, had 17 home runs and 48 RBIs for triple-A Buffalo.
The teams will not announce the unnamed players in the deal until after Thursday's major league draft of players not protected on 40-man rosters.
Today's trade was the second in less than a week for the Mets. On Friday, they traded third baseman Robin Ventura to the Yankees for outfielder David Justice.