Zanesville native Jay Payton has played his entire Major League Career with the New York Mets, until now. Payton was part of a 5 player deal with the Rockies just before the trade deadline. Colorado gets Payton, Mark Corey and Robert Stratton in exchange for John Thompson (P) and Mark Little (OF). The centerfielder who played at ZHS and with the Jr. Pioneers, was splitting time with Timo Perez of the Mets. However, the change of scenery doesn't necessarily mean a change in playing time. Just after the Rockies traded for Payton, they acquired Gabe Kapler from the Texas Rangers, who also plays centerfield.