The Seattle Mariners sent right-handed reliever J.J. Putz to the New York Mets on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, nine-player trade with the Cleveland Indians.Smith will also go to Cleveland in the deal.
The Mariners receive right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first baseman Mike Carp from the Mets, along with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians.
Omar, you never cease to impress.
As if one All Star closer wasn't good enough, the Mets are apparently working on a deal for J.J. Putz.
Ken Rosenthal reports:
The Mets are working to acquire a setup man for new closer Francisco Rodriguez — and that setup man would be another closer from the American League West.
J.J. Putz could be headed to the Mets in a three-team trade with the Mariners and Indians, according to major-league sources.
Mets right-hander Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first-base prospect Mike Carp would be in the deal, as would Indians outfielder Franklin Gutierrez.
The deal also would include one or more prospects, but it is not yet clear which players are headed where.
But Anthony Castrovince has a different story:
MLB.com has learned the Mariners would likely receive Indians outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and the Indians would receive Mets right-handed reliever Joe Smith and Mariners infielder Luis Valbuena.
Mets right-hander Aaron Heilman and Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed are also believed to be involved, though it is unclear who is headed where.
I don't know how I feel about it. We already have K-Rod, but we do need someone to set up for him. The Mets really wouldn't be giving up a lot for this as Heilman is on his way out the door no matter what, Chavez is the fourth outfielder (remember Angel Pagan?) and Carp just never realized his full potential. At least not yet.
Smith is someone I would not want to part with, though.
I guess I could live with this, if it does go down.
Update - 10:08 pm: Jon Heyman believes the Mets could give up six (6!) players in this proposed trade.
The trade would involve 12 players in all.
He also notes that Putz struggled in 2008 and only registered 15 saves with a 3.88 ERA. For what the Mets will be giving up, this seems a little much. Six for one? Someone better sweeten this deal.
Update - 10:25pm: Putz is no spring chicken. He's 31-years-old, and strangely, was drafted three separate times.
Through Aug. 22 of the 2008 season, 34 games, Putz had a 9.78 ERA.
Update - 10:27 pm: Ken Rosenthal has more news:
Under terms of the deal, the Mets would get Putz, outfielder Jeremy Reed and reliever Sean Green from Seattle. The Mariners would receive reliever Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first baseman Mike Carp from the Mets. They'd also get Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians and minor leaguers. The Indians would get reliever Joe Smith from the Mets and infielder Luis Valbuena from Seattle.
OK. That makes a ton more sense for the Mets. The Indians look like they're getting screwed here.
Update - 10:31pm: David Lennon thinks the announcement could be coming soon.
The three teams are currently going over the medical records and a deal could be announced shortly.
Woah. Stay here for all the info.
The more I think about it, the more I like it. Heilman and Carp for Putz. Chavez for Reed. Smith for Green. I can live with it, as long as Putz is healthy.
Update - 11:08pm: Heyman is on WFAN with Steve Somers.
- Notes that the Mariners would look to use Heilman as a starter.
- Deal likely not done by 11pm Las Vegas time.
- Gives it 50/50 chance, but says all trades fall in there.
- Heilman, Chavez and Carp are all the players Heyman's heard about.
- No Smith, according to Heyman. Shmooze knows otherwise.
- Shmooze asks about Putz's elbow. Smart man. Knows his stuff.
They've moved on to CC Sabathia news. Nothing new from Heyman, really.