A few days ago, the Mets’ bullpen was a disaster. This morning, it is arguably the best bullpen in the major leagues.
General Manager Omar Minaya completed a blockbuster trade that sent OF Endy Chavez, RHP Aaron Heilman, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Mike Carp, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto to the Mariners, while sending RHP Joe Smith to the Mariners. The Mets received RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Sean Green, and OF Jeremy Reed in return.
These kind of deals scare me and I am not a fan of blockbuster deals because of the magnitude of them and what kind of twists and turns they can take. I’m not happy that the Mets gave up Endy Chavez, but I’m thrilled that they were able to do something with Aaron Heilman and Joe Smith, two pitchers who I do not trust at all. Most of all, it will be fun to see what the Mets do at closer and what kind of system they will have.
Right now, I am guessing that the Mets are going to use Putz in situations where K-Rod usually doesn’t pitch, such as a five- or six-out save.