New York Mets Add Two Closers in Two Days

JerseySenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2008

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.