Mets trade gives Terry Collins options

Posted: July 25, 2015 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanima

It has happened. The New York Mets have made a trade, acquiring infielders Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson along with cash considerations from the Braves for two minor league pitching prospects, John Gant and Rob Whalen. Uribe and Johnson who are both having solid years will have an immediate impact on the Mets pathetic and malnourished lineup.

Uribe, 36, is having a solid year with stops with the Dodgers and Braves, hitting .272 with a .331 OBP, 8 home runs and 23 RBI. Uribe is kind of like the position player version of Bartolo Colon, no matter how old he gets he just keeps trucking along. He has World Series experience with the Giants and White Sox and is known as a tremendous clubhouse presence. Uribe will likely play third base in New York for the foreseeable future. Uribe has played just six innings away from the hot corner since 2013.

Kelly Johnson will hope his second stint in New York will turn out better than his first one when he badly struggled with the Yankees in 2014 and was flipped in a deadline deal to the Red Sox. Johnson, 33, has traveled a ton over the last year. The Mets will be Johnson’s fifth team since the start of the 2014 season. He is having a bounce back year as Johnson is batting .275 with 9 dingers and 34 RBI despite only having 182 at bats in 2015. Johnson now leads the Mets in batting average and slugging percentage. He can play all over the diamond as he has played both corner infield and outfield spots this season along with second base. This allows Terry Collins to have something he hasn’t had in sometime as manager of the Mets which is flexibility.
Collins can put Johnson all over the field. With Uribe now at third, Daniel Murphy will likely shift back to second. That means one of Wilmer Flores and Ruben Tejada will have to sit most nights before even considering where to put Johnson. If Murphy and Lucas Duda continue to struggle perhaps Johnson can steal playing time away from one of them. The Mets hitters are now no longer guaranteed to play everyday.

The Mets are not ruling out making another deadline move with nearly a week still to go before the trade deadline.

Do you like the Mets trade deadline acquisitions?

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Comments
  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – These deals allow the GM to save face from the fans & NYC media. I wonder what Tejada, Murphy, Campbell and Flores are thinking. Another deal involving one or more of any of them could now be brewing. Since both Uribe and Kelly are hitting better than the four players that I just mentioned including Duda they should both be in the line up starting tonight. Another question is what happens when Cuddyer comes off the DL. Clearly, the Mets are no longer sitting on their hands. All they need to do now is start winning more games. By the way, Alex Torres had a 1-2-3- inning last night but he needs to show it wasn’t a fluke fast or else he needs to go ASAP. Thanks, Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike with the infield and the bullpen everyone is on thin ice. If you don’t perform you go to the bench or worse. I think that pressure will be good for a lot of players here and it is very nice to see

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