The Mets have traded a handful of players, landing J.J. Putz for the 8th inning in front of Francisco Rodriguez.
The three team deal breaks down as follows:
Seattle Mariners get: Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Mike Carp, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, Jason Vargas, and Franklin Gutierrez.
Cleveland Indians get: Luis Valbuena and Joe Smith and minor leaguers.
New York Mets get: J.J. Putz, Sean Green and Jeremy Reed.
To make it simpler:
Mets give up: Heilman, Chavez, Carp, Cleto, Carrera, Vargas and Smith.
Mets get: Putz, Green and Reed.
Omar Minaya moves at the speed or light, I must say.
Originally, I disliked the deal, but the more I look at it, the more it makes sense. The Mets are really not giving up much for this. Chavez is a fourth outfielder, and between Angel Pagan and now Reed, they seem to have the outfield more than covered.
Cleto and Carrera were minor league guys. I don't know enough about them to miss them. I've heard their names, which must mean something.
Vargas was a possibility to make a play for the rotation after starting fall and winter ball with a bang. He seems to have come back down to earth a bit, but we'll have to see how he plays when he's not with the Mets.
Heilman was on his way out the door, it was only a matter of time. Carp was billed as the first baseman of the future, but never really blossomed into what the Mets thought he could. He's still young though.
Smith is the one guy I will miss the most here. Green could step in and replace him nicely, just a little older.
The 2009 team is quickly taking shape. Quite a few days for Mets fans.
Update - 11:36pm: Minaya will address the media around 12:30am Eastern time.
Update - 12:33am: Dan Graziano on the phone with SNY.
- Green for Smith a "wash."
- Reed hits more than Chavez, doesn't know him in the field. (Chavez is better, but Reed is no scrub.)
- Likes the deal. Seems to be unanimous.
- Getting rid of Heilman was "no longer viable in New York."
- Still need starting pitching. Will fill one from within with Jon Niese or Bobby Parnell.
- Will look to bring back Oliver Perez.
- Jon Garland in Mets sights.
- Still talking to Raul Ibanez.
- Want to move Schoeneweis and Sanchez. (No surprise there.)
- Minaya at the podium now, congratulating Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik.
- "Pure baseball trade," says Minaya.
- Thanking scouts and minor league system for being able to hone talent to be able to complete trade.
- "To Mets fans: We've addressed the bullpen."
- Back to the press conference. First question to Minaya is in Spanish. I just took my Spanish 102 final today, and I have no idea what he just was asked or responded with.
- Heilman to get a chance to start in spring training with M's.
- And that's it. Shortest press conference ever.