Last week, Omar Minaya made a monumental trade that shuffled 12 players amongst three different teams. The most notable acquisition for the Mets out of the deal was their new set-up man; J.J. Putz.
Green was drafted in the 12th round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies. He spent the next four years of his career in the Rockies farm system.
In 2004, Green was traded to the Seattle Mariners. After pitching very well in the minors there, Green finally got the call to play in the big leagues in 2006, following an injury to Julio Mateo.
Since being called up, Green has been inconsistent. At times, he has appeared to be a very dominant reliever; such as his 2.72 ERA before the 2008 All Star Break, and his 3.84 ERA for the 2007 season. However, following the 2008 All Star Break, he posted a horrid 8.65 ERA.
Overall, several baseball analysts feel that Green is definitely an upgrade over Joe Smith in the Mets bullpen, despite the fact that he is older. Some have even gone as far to say that he could be the person to fill the role in the bullpen that was voided by Chad Bradford in 2006.
It appears that if Green can work on his consistency and his command, the Mets may have themselves a very useful and talented reliever, who can get ground balls for years to come.