A surprised J.J. Putz was working on his car outside his Arizona home an hour ago -- figuring he wasn't going to be traded any time soon despite the rumors here. Next thing he knew, his wife came out and told him: "Looks like we're headed to New York.''Contrary to the Ken Rosenthal report, Putz said nothing of not being able to close. The man seems excited and understands the situation, which is good.
"It's a new challenge and I'm excited about it,'' Putz said. "I'm going to a new team that's going to be very competitive. Frankie's a great closer and with Sean Green going as well, we should have a great bullpen.''
So far, so good on this trade. Still yet to read or hear one negative thing about this from fans. The Mets did have to give up a few minor league players, who have a good chance to be very good players one day, but that's always a crapshoot.