The Mets announced their arrival on the trade market Friday night, obtaining Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves for minor-league pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.
According to a source, there may be more trades on the horizon for the Mets, who remain interested in bolstering their weak lineup in time for a second-half playoff push.
Uribe, 36, has a slash line of .272/.331/.409 this season. The righthanded hitter primarily has played third base. The Braves acquired him from the Dodgers earlier in the year.
Johnson, 33, has a slash line of .275/.321/.451 with nine homers and 34 RBIs. In recent years, he primarily has played third base and leftfield.
The Mets also received cash to help cover the roughly $3 million in contracts they took on in the deal.
To make room on the roster, the Mets designated backup outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment. Signed to give the Mets a threat against lefties, Mayberry hit just .165 with three homers and nine RBIs. Utilityman Danny Muno was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Neither Uribe nor Johnson is a frontline name, but both should help fill the void left by David Wright. His timeline for a return remains murky, although he could begin baseball activities early next week. Wright was moved to the 60-day disabled list in a procedural move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.
Gant, 22, had a 4.70 ERA in 11 starts since being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. Whalen, 21, had a 3.36 ERA for Class A St. Lucie. Neither had been linked to trade talks by rival evaluators.
Ultimately, the Mets hope to restore some semblance of balance to a team that has remained in the playoff mix while leaning heavily on talented pitching to carry a sluggish offense.
Until Friday night, the Mets had only two qualifying players (Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda) who ranked as league average when measured by adjusted OPS. The additions of Uribe and Johnson doubled that number.
The Mets maintain some interest in Gerardo Parra, 28, who is enjoying a career season for the Brewers. He was hitting .317/.355/.510 with nine homers and 31 RBIs entering Friday night.
The Mets and Brewers discussed Parra up until late Thursday night, sources told Newsday, when it was clear that Michael Cuddyer's knee would send him to the disabled list. Only when it became clear that a deal wasn't close did the Mets promote top prospect Michael Conforto.
Parra would bring the kind of versatility valued by the Mets. He has played all three outfield positions and has excelled as a leadoff man. Parra's addition would allow manager Terry Collins to move down Granderson -- the team's most productive hitter -- in hopes of positioning him for more RBI chances.
The Padres have scouted the Mets' minor-league system extensively, according to sources. Though the Mets don't appear prepared to pay for the likes of Justin Upton, they could be more amenable to a player such as Will Venable.
Parra and Venable offer the added flexibility of playing centerfield, a useful trait for the Mets, who have seen a dip in production by banged-up Gold Glover Juan Lagares.
With the July 31 trade deadline approaching, the Mets aren't expected to part with any of their elite young starting pitchers. Conforto and shortstop Amed Rosario appear untouchable.
But the Mets still boast well-regarded prospects, including pitchers Michael Fulmer and Gabriel Ynoa. Former first-rounders Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini could be made available in the right deal.
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