General Manager Sandy Alderson and the New York Mets front office has been criticized all year for its failure to help the on-field team by adding a bat or two to an offense that has been one of the worst in baseball. On Friday, after finally putting Michael Cuddyer on the disabled list and giving its fan base what they’ve asked for by promoting top prospect Michael Conforto, the Mets finally pulled the trigger on a deal; sending prospect pitchers Rob Whalen and Jon Gant to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman Juan Uribe and utility man Kelly Johnson. Here are the trade grades for both teams:


The Mets finally add some bats to a lineup that desperately needed some. Since Uribe came to the Braves he has hit .285 with seven home runs, 17 RBI, and 17 runs scored in 151 at bats, while Johnson is having his best season in years in a utility role, with his highest batting average since 2010 (.275) with nine homers, 36 RBI and 20 runs scored. Not only do they bring major league bats to replace Eric Campbell and Danny Muno on the roster, but they give Terry Collins options so he doesn’t have to keep rolling out players in prolonged slumps. Uribe will play third base but has experience at second and shortstop, while Johnson is capable of playing first, second, third, and a corner outfield position. With the promotion of Michael Conforto from double-A, Collins has the ability to bench players like Lucas Duda, Wilmer Flores or even Juan Lagares if they can’t contribute at the plate. The Mets also assume the $2.7 million both players are due the rest of the season, and the cost was Whalen and Gant; both of whom are down in the B and C tiers of their pitching prospects, in addition to being at least two or three years away from seeing the majors. While not a big name, this is a solid move that gives the team much-needed flexibility at a reasonable cost.


While Atlanta has found a way to be competitive for much of the first half, at 45-50 and with an offense that has gone silent since Freddie Freeman went down, they are still very much in rebuild mode, so it’s no surprise they moved Uribe not even two months after acquiring him, and being able to move Johnson after signing him to a cheap contract in the off-season is an added bonus. The two pitchers they get back have the potential to be starters for them in two or three seasons, with Whalen being the higher ranked prospect according to The 18th best prospect for New York, Whalen was a 12th round pick in 2012 who has a high ceiling with a plus curveball whose secondary pitches have potential. At single-A Port St. Lucie this season, he has a 4-5 record along with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP in 14 game starts. Gant was drafted in 2011 and had a breakout season in low-A Savannah last season, going 11-5 with 114 strikeouts in 123 innings, but has regressed this year since his promotion to double-A Binghamton with a 4.70 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 11 starts. The scary part to remember– the Mets just sent two young arms with high upside to one of the best organizations in the game at developing prospect pitchers. The Mets may benefit now, but the Braves might come out winners down the road.

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