Well, we all figured the Mets would sign Francisco Rodriguez, but who knew they'd also trade for J.J. Putz?
In a tremendous three-team, 12-player deal, the Mets acquired Putz, Sean Green, and Jeremy Reed. The Indians got Mike Carp and Luis Valbuena. The Mariners, meanwhile, got a crapload of new players: Endy Chavez, Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Jason Vargas, Ezequiel Carrera, Maikel Cleto, and Franklin Gutierrez.
I don't know what to make of this deal. It truly does suck for Putz. I mean, he gets out Seattle, but he's lost his job as closer.
Meanwhile, the Mets got a guy who had a couple of good years, but who collapsed last year. At least they're not relying on him to close. The Mariners got a lot of players, and Heilman has promise, plus I'm a big fan of Endy.
I doubt they could have gotten anything more or better, but they just don't seem to have gotten any real talent in return. As for the Indians, I have no idea who the players they got are, so I can't pass judgment.
I guess the Mets got a good deal. Even though they already had a bonafide closer, adding another strengthens their bullpen. If Putz can bounce back (and I think he will), they got a great player without giving up much. Heilman was the prize here, and he wanted out anyway.
Still, it's a little curious that they'd add another closer, just one day after signing K-Rod. Perhaps they're planning on flipping Putz to another team, but I doubt it. I think the Mets learned from last year's error of having a weak pen and are looking to have the best group of relievers they can assemble. I think they couldn't turn this deal down, K-Rod or not.