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California Angels signed Ellis Valentine of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 21, 1983.

New York Mets released Bruce Bochy on January 21, 1983.

New York Mets signed free agent Rick Cerone on January 21, 1991.

New York Mets traded Luis Lopez to the Milwaukee Brewers for Bill Pulsipher on January 21, 2000.

New York Mets traded Lenny Harris, Alex Ochoa and Glendon Rusch to the Milwaukee Brewers for Jeromy Burnitz, Jeff D'Amico, Lou Collier and Mark Sweeney on January 21, 2002.

New York Mets traded Benny Agbayani and Todd Zeile to the Colorado Rockies for Alex Ochoa, Craig House and Ross Gload on January 21, 2002.

Milwaukee Brewers claimed Brady Clark of the New York Mets on waivers on January 21, 2003.

Milwaukee Brewers signed Ricky Bottalico of the New York Mets as a free agent on January 21, 2005.

New York Mets traded Kris Benson to the Baltimore Orioles for John Maine and Jorge Julio on January 21, 2006.

New York Mets signed free agent Blaine Boyer of the Arizona Diamondbacks on January 21, 2011.

New York Mets signed free agent Tim Byrdak of the Houston Astros on January 21, 2011.

New York Mets signed free agent Pedro Feliciano of the New York Yankees on January 21, 2013.

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Randy Niemann
Born: November 15, 1955
at Scotia, Cal.

Years with Mets: 1985, 1986

35 games. 2 - 3, 3.35
20 strikeouts, 0 saves

Mets Records vs. Opponents in 1984
Opponent W L T Pct.
Pittsburgh Pirates 12 6 0 .667
Montreal Expos 11 7 0 .611
Philadelphia Phillies 10 8 0 .556
Cincinnati Reds 9 3 0 .750
Los Angeles Dodgers 9 3 0 .750
Houston Astros 8 4 0 .667
Atlanta Braves 8 4 0 .667
St. Louis Cardinals 7 11 0 .389
Chicago Cubs 6 12 0 .333
San Diego Padres 6 6 0 .500
San Francisco Giants 4 8 0 .333

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