11 players switch uniforms

January 22, 2002

With 11 players changing teams, the Mets, Brewers and Rockies made the largest trade in baseball since 1994.

Lefthander Glendon Rusch, outfielder Alex Ochoa and infielder/pinch hitter Lenny Harris are all new Brewers. Todd Zeile, who’ll play third, and outfielder Benny Agbayani are headed to Colorado.

The Mets, who will pay half of Zeile’s $6 million contract this season, acquire outfielder Jeromy Burnitz, righthander Jeff D’Amico, infielder Lou Collier and outfielder Mark Sweeney as well as minor leaguers Ross Gload and Craig House.

House, a 24-year-old righthander, reached the majors a year after Colorado drafted him in the 12th round of the 1999 draft. House has a fastball that reaches the upper 90s, a mid-80s slider and a changeup that freezes hitters. His herky-jerky windup has caused control problems, and he has struggled after being asked to iron out his mechanics. He went 2-2, 4.45 with 62 strikeouts and 31 walks in 59 innings for Triple-A Colorado Springs in 2001. He was rated as the Rockies No. 23 prospect before the deal.

Gload, 24, joins his fourth organization since the Marlins drafted him in the 13th round in 1997. The lefthanded hitting outfielder/first baseman hit .297-15-93 in 2001 for Triple-A Iowa in the Cubs organization. Gload was acquired along with righthander David Noyce when the Cubs sent Henry Rodriguez to the Marlins in July of 2000. He signed with Colorado in the offseason. He batted .293-8-30 for Mochis in the Mexican Pacific League this winter.

Both House and Gload look to be headed for Triple-A Norfolk with the Mets in 2002.