It didn't take long for the Mets and Red Sox to agree on the player to be named later in the Kelly Shoppach trade. The teams completed the deal today as the Mets sent right-handed relief pitcher Pedro Beato to Boston.
The Mets acquired Beato from the Orioles in the 2010 Rule 5 draft, and they kept him on the 25-man roster for the entirety of the 2011 season, which allowed them to keep him beyond last season. In 67.0 innings over 60 appearances with the Mets in 2011, Beato had a 4.30 ERA, 4.22 FIP, and 4.64 xFIP. He struck out just 5.24 opponents per nine and walked 3.63 per nine — neither rate was very good.
This year, Beato spent the grand majority of his time pitching for Triple-A Buffalo and posted a 4.14 ERA and 5.25 FIP with the team. In 4.1 innings during a very brief stint with the Mets, he got shelled to the tune of a 10.38 ERA.
Considering Beato's mediocre performance in the big leagues and the minors with the Mets, he's a perfectly reasonable return for Shoppach. It's highly unlikely that giving up Beato will ever come back to haunt the Mets, and if the team is able to re-sign Shoppach for 2013, the trade becomes even more of a no-brainer.