On Monday, then New York Mets continued their recent aggressive ways by trading pitching prospect Casey Meisner to the Oakland Athletics for relief ace Tyler Clippard to shore up the bullpen. Here are the trade grades for both teams:


The Mets bullpen has been mostly reliable all year, but after Bobby Parnell blew a huge game against the Nationals last week and closer Jeurys Familia blew his fourth game of the season on Sunday, general manager Sandy Alderson decided a reinforcement couldn’t hurt. In addition to Familia, the Mets have depended on veteran Carlos Torres, and lefties Alex Torres and Rule V pick Sean Gilmartin all season, with rookie Hansel Robles emerging in the last few months. But none of them have been lights out this season, with Alex Torres and Gilmartin being lefties who can’t really get out left-handed batters, Robles being a rookie who isn’t ready to be in high-pressure situations, and Carlos Torres being better suited for long relief as opposed for the eighth inning. Parnell and Meija, who both recently rejoined the team after their respective Tommy John surgery and suspension, have not shown themselves to be close to ready to pitch late in games, and with Meija not even eligible for the post season, Clippard will fill a glaring need and help shorten the gap between the starters and the closer. For five seasons he was one of the best setupmen in baseball for the Washington Nationals, with two All-Star appearances over that span. He also has a reputation as being one of the better right-handed pitchers against left-handed batters in the game, thanks to a devastating changeup to go with his high fastball. He has been the closer this season for Oakland, with 17 saves and a 2.79 ERA over 37 appearances, but he won’t do that here unless Familia has thrown three straight games. This is a great addition to fill a big need as the Mets make their playoff push, and they could still pull off another deal for a big bat before the 31st. As for what they gave up…


A’s general manager Billy Beane is renowned for his ability to identify and develop talent, and he took a big step forward in his latest rebuilding effort by trading the soon to be free agent Clippard for a potential stud in Meisner. In the Mets system, the 20-year-old was considered the 15th best prospect in the Mets’ system, but in Oakland he easily becomes the pitching prospect with the highest ceiling, and a potential cornerstone in two or three years. The six-foot seven Texan was selected in the third round of the 2013 draft out of high school, with a scouting report that considered him to have a world of potential, but being extremely raw. The Mets have spent a lot of time over the last two seasons trying to harness that talent, and the results have started to show. He rose from low-A to high-A Port St. Lucie this season, his first full season of professional ball. Thus far he has a total record of 10-4 with a 2.35 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP, with 89 strikeouts in 111 innings across both levels, though he has taken a slight step back since reaching the higher level. Beane has been looking to add young arms with high upside and he could have his jewel his they are able to continue his development, and considering that Clippard was originally acquired for Yunel Escobar, who was acquired in a package for two top prospect hitters, Meisner is a solid return that allows Beane to recoup some value between the two now-failed off-season trades. The Mets could make the playoffs thanks to this trade, but the A’s could be winners when we look back two or three years from now.

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