Deal and No Deal

The New York Mets went from a team with one of the worst back end bullpens to potentially one of the best. The Mets acquired relief pitcher J.J Putz in 12 player, 3 team, blockbuster trade.

Mets receive:

J.J Putz, Jeremy Reed, Sean Green from Seattle Mariners.

Mariners receive:

Franklin Gutierrez (from Cleveland Indians)
Aaron Heilman and Endy Chavez (from Mets)
Minor Leaguers: Mike Carp, Maikel Cleto, Jason Vargas, Ezekiel Carrera

Indians receive:

Joe Smith (From Mets)
Luis Valbuena (From Mariners)

Putz will likely be the setup man for newly signed Francisco Rodriguez. Putz missed much of the 2008 season due to injury. Putz has a career 3.07 ERA and 1.16 WHIP.

While a big blockbuster trade was made, another was called off. The San Diego Padres called off the Jake Peavy to Cubs deal, which invovled the Phillies. The Phillies would have acquired Mark DeRosa, but would of had to give up one of their top prospects.

Therefore, I'm happy this deal didn't fall through. DeRosa would fill in for Chase Utley, who may be out until June at the very latest. When Utley returns, DeRosa could of played some outfield, but otherwise, there isn't much use for him. I'd rather save our few prospects. As for the Putz trade, not so much happy, but that's baseball.


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