New York Mets fans have been calling for General Manager Sandy Alderson to make a move, and he finally has.
The Mets were able to strengthen their bench today, which has been one of the worst in baseball, by adding veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and veteran utility man Kelly Johnson. Uribe, who began the year with the Dodgers, has been Atlanta’s starting third baseman, while Johnson has seen time at third, second, first, and the outfield.
Both players have had nice years, with Uribe hitting .272 with 8 homers and 23 RBIs in 75 games, while Johnson has hit .275 with 9 homers and 34 RBIs in 62 games, with an OPS (.772) higher than both Justin Upton (.755) and Ben Zobrist (.759).
In the deal the Mets will give up minor league pitcher John Gant, who at A and AA this year is 6-5 with a 3.72 ERA in 17 games. He is not listed in the Mets top 3o prospects list by MLB.com. The Mets will also give up RHP Rob Whalen, their number 18 prospect according to MLB.com, who is 4-5 this year with a 3.36 ERA in A ball St. Lucie.
Rafael Montero was initially rumored to be involved in the deal.
The Mets have had one of the worst benches in baseball this year and this immediately strengthens that weakness.