12/11/2008 12:16 AM ET
Mets acquire All-Star reliever J.J. Putz in three-team deal
FLUSHING -- The New York Mets tonight acquired All-Star righthanded reliever J.J. Putz, righthanded pitcher Sean Green, and outfielder Jeremy Reed from the Seattle Mariners in a three-team trade involving 12 players. The Mets sent righthanded pitcher Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez, lefthanded pitcher Jason Vargas, minor league infielder/outfielder Mike Carp, minor league outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, and minor league righthanded pitcher Maikel Cleto to the Mariners. In the transactions, the Cleveland Indians received righthanded pitcher Joe Smith from the Mets and minor league infielder Luis Valbuena from Seattle. The Mariners will also receive outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians.
Putz, 31, went 6-5 with 15 saves and a 3.88 ERA in 47 games for Seattle last season. In 46.1 innings, he notched 56 strikeouts. He held opposing clean-up hitters to a .167 (4-24) batting average. The 6-5, 250-pounder also was a perfect five-for-five in save chances in September.
He was named to the All-Star team and was the American League Rolaids Relief Man Award winner after posting 40 saves with a 6-1 mark and a 1.38 ERA in 2007. He recorded 82 strikeouts and allowed 37 hits and 13 walks in 71.2 innings that year. The Peoria, AZ native went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 2.30 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 78.1 innings in 2006.
Putz is 22-15 with 101 saves with a 3.07 ERA in 308 career games. In 323.0 innings, he's allowed 270 hits, 115 runs, 110 earned, with 104 walks and 337 strikeouts.
Green, 29, was 4-5 with one save a 4.67 ERA in 72 games with the Mariners in 2008. In 79.0 innings, he surrendered 80 hits, 47 runs, 41 earned, with 36 walks and 62 strikeouts. Green was tied for eighth in the American League in appearances and fourth among AL relievers in innings pitched.
The 6-6, 225-pounder is 9-7 with one save and a 4.32 ERA in 160 career games. In 179.0 innings, he's allowed 191 hits, 94 runs, 86 earned, with 83 walks and 130 strikeouts.
Reed, 27, batted .269 (77-286) with 18 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 31 RBI in 97 games last season for the Mariners. He made 52 starts in centerfield, 12 starts in rightfield and three starts in leftfield.
He has a .257 career batting average with 61 doubles, 10 triples, 11 home runs and 98 RBI in 336 career games.
Heilman went 3-8 with a 5.21 ERA in 78 games for New York last year. In 76.0 innings, he allowed 75 hits, 48 runs, 44 earned, with 46 walks and 80 strikeouts.
Chavez hit .267 (72-270) with 10 doubles, two triples, one home run and 12 RBI in 133 games for the Mets in 2008.
Smith was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 82 games for the Mets last year. In 63.1 innings, he allowed 51 hits, 28 runs, 25 earned, with 31 walks and 52 strikeouts.
Vargas did not pitch last year after recovering from March 17 surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip.
Carp batted .299 (143-478) with 29 doubles, 17 home runs and 72 RBI in 134 contests in 2008 with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League.
Carrera hit .263 (113-430) with 11 doubles, 12 triples, seven home runs and 29 RBI in 114 games last season with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.
Cleto was 5-11 with a 4.25 ERA in 25 games with Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League last year. In 135.2 innings, he allowed 140 hits, 78 runs, 64 earned, with 34 walks and 81 strikeouts.