Uribe and Johnson Go to Mets
July 25, 2015
The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves have agreed to a deal that sends infielder Juan Uribe and utility player Kelly Johnson to the Mets in exchange for minor league pitching prospects John Gant and Rob Whalen. With an outstanding young starting rotation led by Matt Harvey and Jacob DeGrom, the Mets can afford to lose two pitching prospects in order to gain some offensive power. The Mets are currently in second place in the NL East division due to their pitching prowess but their offense has been weak. Uribe and Johnson might give them the hitting they need to take the lead from the Washington Nationals.
Uribe had an outstanding year in 2014, batting .311 with an on-base percentage of .337, but he hasn't been quite as impressive so far this season. He started the season with the Dodgers but was traded to the Braves for Alberto Callaspo on May 27th. In 75 games, he's batted .272 with just 8 home runs. However, his on-base percentage is nearly as good as last year, with .331.
Johnson, who has moved around from one team and one league to the next frequently in the last few years, is having a good season with a .275 batting average and a .321 on-base percentage. He's hit 9 home runs and driven in 34 RBIs. Defensively, Johnson is a good utility player who has played this year at first base, second base, third base, left field, and right field.
Atlanta has gained two promising young pitchers in the trade. John Gant, age 22, has played in the minor leagues since 2011. In that time, he's had 26 wins and 19 losses with a 3.38 ERA in 362.1 innings in 67 games. Rob Whalen, at age 21, already has three and a half years of minor league experience. He's pitched 226.0 innings and he's had 16 wins and 9 losses and a 2.43 ERA in 42 games.