In desperate need of some type of offense, the New York Mets have reportedly struck a deal within the division to acquire veterans Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for two prospects.
CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman reports that the deal is done:
Whalen and Gant are the 2 pitchers going to braves. Deal is done.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 24, 2015
It’s a low-risk, medium reward deal for the second-place Mets, who entered Friday’s action three games out of first in the National League East.
Uribe, 36, was acquired by the Braves from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this year. The 15-year veteran hit .285 with seven homers in 46 games for Atlanta. He’ll provide New York another option at third.
Meanwhile, Johnson was hitting .275 with nine homers and 34 RBI’s in 62 games with Atlanta prior to the trade. The 11-year vet has started 26 games in the outfield and 15 at first base in 2015. He’s a utility-man of the grandest kind.
In terms of the pieces going to Atlanta in the deal, neither pitcher ranked highly in the Mets farm system. John Gant, 22, was 4-5 with a 4.70 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 11 starts at Double-A Binghamton. Rob Whalen, a 12th-round pick back in 2012, was pitching for Single-A St. Lucie at the time of the deal. At the very least, they add more arms to a farm system that’s quickly becoming the very best in baseball.
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