The New York Mets finally made a move to improve their floundering offense by trading John Gant and Rob Whalen to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe and cash considerations. Both Johnson and Uribe are set to become free agents following the 2015 season and are owed only $3.15 million remaining on their deals.
Gant, a right-handed pitcher taken in the 21st-round of the 2011 MLB draft, has amassed a 3.72 ERA in 17 minor league starts at Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton this year. Whalen, a former 12th round pick in the 2012 draft, notched 3.36 ERA and 4-5 record at Single-A this season.
The pair of Braves veterans have expiring contracts which became an attractive incentive for the cash-strapped Mets who have shown an unwillingness to take on bloated contracts.
The Mets entered action on Friday last in the National League in batting average (.233), hits (750), runs scored (329) and OPS (.654).
The presence of Uribe and Johnson will immediately upgrade the lineup and provide leadership in the locker room that has been missing since David Wright went on the DL back in April.
Johnson is hitting .275 with 9 homers, 34 RBIs and a .321 OBP in 62 games, while Uribe is batting .272 including 8 homeruns, 23 RBIs and .331 OBP in 72 contests.