The Mets acquired Kenny Rogers from the Athletics for a pair of minor leaguers. Rogers, a 34-year-old left-hander, was 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 19 starts for the A's this season. His career record is 109-77 in 11 seasons with Texas, the Yankees and Oakland.
In exchange for Rogers, the Mets are sending Oakland 23-year-old OF Terrence Long and 26-year-old LHP Leo Vasquez. Rogers made his major league debut in 1989 with Texas, then managed by Bobby Valentine, the current manager of the Mets. Rogers pitched for the Rangers under Valentine from 1989 to '92 and threw a perfect game for Texas against California on July 28, 1994.
Rogers is making $5 million this season, the last guaranteed season of a $20 million, four-year contract he signed with the Yankees in December 1995. Rogers had a $5 million option for next year that would have been guaranteed with 42 more innings pitched, but it was voided last Nov. 23 when he withdrew his trade demand.
MOVES: Jim Abbott, who reached the major leagues despite having only one hand, was released by the Brewers. Jon Greenberg, the Brewers' director of media relations, said he did not know whether that meant the 31-year-old Abbott would be retiring. . . . The Indians promoted 3B Russell Branyan from AAA Buffalo. Branyan leads the International League with 29 home runs, including three Thursday night. In his first at-bat for the Indians last night, Branyan homered against the Yankees' David Cone. . . . The Pirates traded OF Jose Guillen and a minor league pitcher to the Devil Rays for two minor league catchers. In return for Guillen and RHP Jeff Sparks, the Pirates pick up Joe Oliver and Humberto Cota. Pittsburgh C Jason Kendall is out for the season after dislocating his ankle just before the All-Star Game. Backup Keith Osik went on the disabled list after pulling a hamstring Wednesday.
RECUPERATING: Steve Garvey, a 10-time all-star with the Dodgers and Padres, had hip replacement surgery on Thursday at UCLA Medical Center.