11/15/2006 1:12 PM ET
Mets acquire outfielder Ben Johnson and right-handed pitcher Jon Adkins from San Diego
The New York Mets today acquired outfielder Ben Johnson and righthanded relief pitcher Jon Adkins from the San Diego Padres in exchange for righthanded relief pitcher Heath Bell and lefthanded relief pitcher Royce Ring.
"Ben Johnson is a versatile outfielder who can play all three spots, has speed and shown some power. He is just 25-years-old and we feel he has yet to reach his potential," said Mets General Manager Omar Minaya. "Jon Adkins has had success on the major league level and can pitch multiple innings. He's another quality arm to add to our bullpen staff."
Johnson, 25, batted .250 (30-120) with 19 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBI in 58 contests with the Padres in 2006. Ben also hit .268 (53-198) with 35 runs scored, 11 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 22 RBI in 51 games with Portland (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.
The 6-1, 220-pounder constructed a .341 (15-44) batting average away from PETCO Park last season.
Ben hit .213 (16-75) with eight doubles, one triple, three home runs and 13 RBI in 31 games with San Diego in 2005. He went 0-2 in two games during the Division Series against the Cardinals.
Johnson was named the Padres Minor League Player of the Year in 2005 after batting .312 (129-414) with 79 runs scored, 27 doubles, 25 home runs and 83 RBI in 107 games with Portland.
Johnson has compiled a .236 (46-195) batting average with 13 doubles, three triples, seven home runs and 24 RBI in 89 major league games.
Adkins, 29, went 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 55 games for the Padres last season. In 54.1 innings, he allowed 55 hits, 26 runs, 24 earned, with 20 walks and 30 strikeouts. He also was 1-0 with seven saves with a 1.38 ERA in 13 appearances with Portland (AAA). In 13.0 innings, he surrendered 12 hits, two runs, earned, with three walks and 11 strikeouts.
Jon appeared in five games for the World Champion Chicago White Sox in 2005. Adkins spent most of 2005, starting for Charlotte (AAA) of the International League. He was 4-9 with a 5.37 ERA in 23 games, 21 starts. In 127.1 innings, he allowed 148 hits, 81 runs, 76 earned, with 43 walks and 92 strikeouts.
The 6-0, 200-pounder was 2-3 with a 4.65 ERA in 50 contests with the White Sox in 2004. In 62.0 innings, he permitted 75 hits, 35 runs, 32 earned, with 20 walks and 44 strikeouts.
Adkins is 4-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 114 major league games. In 134.0 innings, he's yielded 151 hits, 74 runs, 69 earned, with 51 walks and 78 strikeouts.
Bell, 29, was 0-0 with a 5.11 ERA in 22 games with New York in 2006. In 37.0 innings, he yielded 51 hits, 25 runs, 21 earned, with 11 walks and 35 strikeouts. Heath also constructed a 3-3 mark with 12 saves and a 1.29 ERA in 30 contests with Norfolk (AAA) of the International League. In 35.0 innings, he allowed 27 hits, seven runs, five earned, with eight walks and 56 strikeouts.
Ring, 25, went 0-0 with a 2.13 ERA in 11 games with the Mets last year. In 12.2 innings, he permitted seven hits, three runs, earned, with three walks and eight strikeouts. In addition, Royce was 2-2 with 11 saves and 2.97 ERA in 36 contests with the Tides. In 39.1 innings, he surrendered 30 hits, 14 runs, 13 earned, with 15 walks and 40 strikeouts.