Mets make huge deal to shore up bullpen ….

PUTZ: Perfect bridge to Rodriguez.

PUTZ: Perfect bridge to Rodriguez.

We’ve talked about it all along, that the closer means little if he’s on the other end of a rickety bridge. The Mets have solidified their bullpen with the addition of Francisco Rodriguez and JJ Putz. The Putz deal will be announced this afternoon.

Here’s how the 12-player, three-way deal with Seattle and Cleveland shakes out:

Coming to the Mets:

From Seattle – J.J. Putz, Sean Green.
From Cleveland – OF Jeremy Reed

Coming to Seattle –
From Mets – Aaron Heilman, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera
Jason Vargas, Mike Carp
From Cleveland – Franklin Gutierrez

Coming to Cleveland –
From Mets – Joe Smith
From Seattle – Luis Valbuena

8 thoughts on “Mets make huge deal to shore up bullpen ….


    The human surrender known as Aaron Heilman is GONE! This is indeed a wonderful Xmas present.

    I’ll miss Smith and have fond memories of Endy…but this deal is GREAT. Not ONE player who was dealt is not replaceable.

    Omar has cleaned up so far….now he needs to get a starter in here and continue to tinker.

  2. mrmet0805 (1) I don’t think Omar is finished yet – rumor has it that Perez may be on the agenda……..

  3. At first blush it looks like a lot to give up for a pitcher that was on the D/L this past season. I’ve seen Putz pitch a fair amount since Seattle is the local team out here. He’s got very good stuff sometimes bordering on that cliche “electric”. He’ll be a hell of a setup man.

    You think the Philly GM wants to retract his statement now about the Mets now?


  4. Hi Sam – Came home late last night from a “Messiah” rehearsal – heard the newsconference and couldn’t sleep – listened off and on during the night to WFAN for all the callers who were so very happy about some good Mets news.

    The Philly GM? Hope I never have to hear him speak about the Mets again. :)

  5. Nevermind…I saw it.

    You can’t say much to rebuke him considering they are the World Champions…as painful as that is to say.

    That being said, the Mets slapped Philly around last year…and if things translate the way they should, I wouldn’t count on much late-inning magic from Philadelphia v NY this season either.

  6. From what I read Putz is good.

    It seems like a fair deal on our end. We gave up a number of bodies and some potential.

    Kudos to Omar.

  7. MrMet You’re right you can’t rebuke him now. Let’s see what he’s saying midyear.

    Annie.. I was as happy as those callers.I think it’s a great move.

    Hate to lose Smith though. I thought he was misused by the Mets and he broke down.