Trade Deadline Update: Braves Trade Kelly Johnson And Juan Uribe To Mets
As the trade deadline quickly approaches, fans are wondering whether their team will do a blockbuster trade or something small to enhance their pennant hopes.
In the latest trade news, the New York Mets acquired utility player Kelly Johnson and third baseman Juan Uribe and cash from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen.
The thirty-six year old Uribe was trade from the LA Dodgers to the Braves in May and in the combined seventy-five games he has played this year he his hitting .272 with eight homers and twenty-three RBIs and a .331 OBP.
Thirty-three year old Johnson has played sixty-two games with the Braves and is a verteran utility player that has, this season alone, played five positions with his strongest being first (20 games) and third base(11 games)as well as left field (27 games). This season he has hit .275 with nine homers and 34 RBIs with a .321 OBP. Johnson is no stranger to becoming a part of a new clubhouse, in just 2014 he spent times with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.
Whalen, a twenty-one year old righty, is considered the eighteenth best prospect in the system and had spent his 2015 with the High-A St. Lucie Mets this season. In fourteen games he started he had a 3.36 ERA with a (4-5) record.
Gant, a twenty-two year old righty, has spent time with both St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton so far this season. In 2015 he has combined for a 6-5 record along with a 3.52 ERA.
The Mets also made some other moves on Friday as well as designating John Mayberry Jr. for assignment and optioning Danny Muno to Triple-A Las Vegas.