From Seaver, dubbed "the Franchise" for the way he pitched for 10 years with the New York Mets, was traded today to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Reds, two-time defending world champions, gave up four players to get Seaver, regarded as the best in his craft for the past decade. The new Mets will be pitcher Pat Zachry, infielder Doug Flynn and top minor league prospect Steve Henderson, an outfielder.
The Associated Press also learned that a fourth player would be included in the deal, but it is not known who he is or whether he is a major or minor leaguer.
The trade ended a twoyear feud between the Mets' front office and Seaver took strong union stand during the 1976 strike by the Major League Players Association.
The fued became more intense when Seaver accused the Mets' front office of complacency when it failed to acquire a good hitter from among the free agents who became available last winter.
Seaver, who signed a contract for $225,000 a year in 1976, also wanted to renegotiate that agreement after realizing what free agents like Reggie Jackson, Wayne Garland, gary Matthews, Bobby Grich and Joe Rudi had received.
Zachry, corookie of the year last season with pitcher Butch Metzger, has been stumbling in his sophomore season. The 25-year-old righthander has a 73 record and a 5.04 earned-run average.
In 1976, he helped get the Reds into the World Series against the New York Yankees by posting a 147-mark and an ERA of 2.74. Zazhry won a playoff game against the Phillies and was 1-0 in the World Series.
Besides leaving the Reds, today was a big day for the 25-year-old Zachry because he took out a marriage license. He plans to marry June 23.
Flynn, 26, is a versatile fielder who was hard-pressed to crack the all-star infield in Cincinnati. He has spelled second baseman Joe Morgan, third baseman Pete Rose and shortstop Dave Concepcion. He considers shortstop his best position.
In his third year in the majors, Flynn was batting 250 going into tonight's game. In 32 at-bats, he has knocked in five runs but has yet to hit a home run. Last season, he hit 283 in 219 atbats.
Meanwhile, the Oakland A's announced purchasing outfielder Willie Crawford from the Houston Astros for an undisclosed amount of money.
Crawford, who was hitting 280 with the Astros, was placed on Oakland's 40man roster for the monent, according to a club spokesman, because of anticipated other moves before tonight's midnight trading deadline.