Mets trade Collin Cowgill to Angels for Kyle Johnson

Less Cowgill - USA TODAY Sports

The Mets traded Opening Day starting center fielder and grand slammer Collin Cowgill to the Angels for minor league outfielder Kyle Johnson.

Adam Rubin reports that Mets outfielder Collin Cowgill has been dealt to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for minor league outfielder Kyle Johnson.

Headed into the season with few established options for the outfield, the Mets acquired Cowgill from the Oakland Athletics. The 27-year-old center fielder seemed as a good a bet as any to provide quality at-bats, and the team handed him the Opening Day job while anticipating that he would play every day. When the season opened, the faith in Cowgill seemed prescient as he hit a grand slam in the Mets' 11-2 thrashing of the San Diego Padres. But his first game with the Mets proved to be his high-water mark.

Despite overwhelming grission, Cowgill did not hold up his end of the bargain and posted a .208 on-base percentage in 63 plate appearances.

Johnson, 23, is currently playing in Single-A Burlington of the Midwest League, where he has hit two home runs, stolen 30 bases, and posted a .416 on-base percentage.

Fare thee well, Collin. We'll always have April 1, 2013. And the countless SNL references I made at your expense.

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