NEW YORK (AP) _ In yet another move to dismantle the World Series champions, the Florida Marlins traded pitcher Al Leiter to the New York Mets on Friday, The Associated Press learned.

The Marlins, who have gotten rid of 12 players from the 25-man championship roster in a salary purge, acquired three minor league prospects for Leiter and a minor leaguer.

The deal, confirmed by a source who spoke on the condition he not be identified, was to be announced later Friday night.