After months of very little news on the trading front, the Mets have now acquired a pair of bats from the Atlanta Braves.
Multiple sources have third baseman Juan Uribe and utility player Kelly Johnson as the two veterans headed New York's way. In return the Mets are giving Atlanta a pair of young pitchers in Double-A right-hander John Gant and High-A right-hander Rob Whalen.
Uribe was acquired by Atlanta earlier this season in a deal with the Dodgers, who got back Alberto Callaspo among other pieces. Uribe is hitting .272/.331/.409 overall this season with 20 walks and 46 strikeouts. The 36-year-old is on the final year of the two-year, $15 million extension that he signed with Los Angeles.
Johnson originally came up with the Braves as a second baseman, but in his second stint with Atlanta, he plays mostly corner outfield. Back in 2010, Johnson had a career year with Arizona and hit 26 home runs with a .866 OPS, but he hasn't been able to replicate that kind of performance in recent years. In 2014, he hit .215/.296/.362 while bouncing around the American League East, but he's been better this year now that he's back in the senior circuit (.275/.321/.451).
As the Mets are currently constructed, it looks like Uribe can play third base every day while Johnson fills in wherever the Mets need him. Like the recently promoted Michael Conforto, Johnson is left-handed.
Gant was chosen by the Mets in the 21st round of the 2011 Draft and has a 3.52 ERA in 17 starts with Binghamton this year. He's struck out 91 batters and walked 36 in 99.2 innings.
Whalen was a 12th-round pick in the 2012 Draft. He has a 3.36 ERA in 83 innings with St. Lucie. Neither prospect appeared in our midseason Top 10, although Gant was ranked in the teens by a couple of our voters.