The New York Mets made news on Friday Night by acquiring third baseman Juan Uribe and utility infielder Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves in a trade for two minor league pitchers.
There was no question that the New York Mets and Sandy Alderson needed to make a trade at the deadline for a couple of bats to put in a lineup that has been for the most part an embarrassment. This trade brings a little bit of a spark to an offense that has struggled badly the past couple of months, but the question is where Uribe and Johnson will fit into this Mets offense.
Juan Uribe is a thirteen year veteran in the Major Leagues, his starting position is third base. The Mets sure were in desperate need of another third baseman with the lost of the captain David Wright for possibly the rest of the year.
The third base situation for the Mets has been a disaster since the injury to David Wright. The Mets have called up Eric Campbell who is hitting just .176 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI’s and has not provided much for the offense. The Mets have also tried to shift Daniel Murphy over to third base, which is his natural position but that hasn’t worked out either because Murphy has not been able to stay healthy and it also leaves a hole at second base for the Mets with Murphy now playing third base.
This acquisition of Uribe could work in the short term for the Mets with Wright still out of the lineup.
It is believed that Wright could still be back at some point this season from his career threatening spinal stenosis injury, Urbie is on the team for two reasons, he is a veteran and he’s gonna help re-vitalize the offense and he is here to fill the hole at third base with Wright on the shelf.
Can he provide? That will remain to be seen.
Kelly Johnson is a utility player, which means he is capable of playing a bunch of positions in the Major Leagues, and that is sure what the Mets could use at the moment. Johnson could play third base, second base, first base and a little bit in the outfield.
Bringing Kelly Johnson to the Mets does help fill in the holes the Mets have at second base. The Mets second base situation has not been good this season. Starting second baseman Daniel Murphy has not been healthy and is also not a very good fielder he’s made alot of key errors at second base during his time there. The Mets have also lost their potential future second baseman Dilson Harrera due to injury this season. The Mets have been starting Ruben Tejada at second base in recent weeks.
Tejada hasn’t been a big problem at second base because he is a decent fielder but he hasn’t provided in the offense with his bat pretty much like every other Met in that lineup. Johnson is on the team mainly because of his ability to play a bunch of different positions and to possibly provide this offense himself with his veteran leadership.
This trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson may not bring in the big bats that the Mets were hoping for, but it does help fill in some holes in their infield and could potentially fix their offensive woes. The Mets are still along way from fixing their offense and they are going to need more than this trade to completely fix it, but this a start to do so. The Mets are currently sitting 4 games behind the Washington Nationals for first place in the National League East division, if they could just trade for two more big time bats with their pitching behind them the Mets could be in condition to playing meaningful baseball the rest of the season.
It’s time for Sandy Alderson to step it up spend the money and trade to make this team relevant again.