With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching, let's take a look back at the (few) trades GM Sandy Alderson has undertaken so far with the Mets:
5/13/11 – Cleveland traded RF Bubba Bell to the Mets for cash considerations
Alderson's first trade was easily forgettable, acquiring career minor-leaguer Bell from the Indians for cash considerations. Bell, 28 when the Mets got him, spent most of his time with the Mets with Triple-A Buffalo, where he batted .228 with one home run. He's currently playing for Sugar Land of the independent Atlantic League.
7/13/11 – Traded RHP Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers for LHP Daniel Herrera and RHP Adrian Rosario
The first big trade negotiated by Alderson for the Mets involved combustible closer Francisco Rodriguez. “K-Rod” was in the final season of a three-year deal he signed before the 2009 season. The trade solved two problems for the Mets: cutting payroll in the present and cutting payroll in the future. Rodriguez had a $17.5 million vesting option for 2013 that kicked in with 55 games finished in 2012. He was at 34 games finished when the Mets traded him. During his tenure with the Mets, the single-season saves leader was 9-10 with a 3.05 ERA and 83 saves. He also got into an altercation with a family member at Citi Field in 2010, leading to his arrest.
The Mets acquired pitchers Daniel Herrera and Adrian Rosario on Sept. 1 to complete the trade. Rosario, a 22-year-old right-handed reliever, has spent 2012 between Single-A advanced and Double-A. He's 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA and 1.475 WHIP. Herrera, a 27-year-old lefty reliever, appeared in 16 games for the Mets in 2011, going 0-1 with a 1.13 ERA in eight innings. He's spent this season at Triple-A, where he's posted a 1.50 ERA in six innings of work.
7/28/11 – Traded RF Carlos Beltran to the Giants for RHP Zack Wheeler
This trade has been Alderson's pièce de résistance with the Mets so far. Beltran was in the last season of a seven-year deal with the Mets, and it was unlikely the team would attempt to resign him in 2012. After injuries hampered the end of his 2009 season and the start of 2010, Beltran put up resurgent numbers in 2011, hitting .289 with 15 home runs and 66 RBIs at the time of the trade. He was thought to be one of the top power hitters available on the trade market.
Alderson cashed in his major chip for a major pitching prospect. In three minor league seasons, Wheeler, 22, is 21-14 with a 3.20 ERA and has 294 strikeouts in 275.1 innings. He's 9-4 with a 2.39 ERA for the Mets Double-A affiliate this season. Wheeler is consistently ranked as one of the top pitching prospects in MLB.
12/7/11 – Giants traded RHP Ramon Ramirez and CF Andres Torres to Mets for CF Angel Pagan
At the time, this move looked like a classic change of scenery move. In retrospect, Alderson might want to have this one back.
Pagan had hit just .262 for the Mets in 2011 after hitting at least .290 in his two previous seasons. But Pagan turned things around in San Francisco, and is hitting .287 in 2012. Torres had hit .221 for the Giants in 2011, one season removed from a 16-homer performance for the eventual World Series champs. But he's continued to slump in flushing, hitting .224 with a single home run so far. Ramon Ramirez had a 2.62 ERA and 1.165 WHIP with the Giants in 2011 and looked to be a big part of the Mets bullpen in 2012. He's been less than stellar, however, posting a 3.53 ERA and 1.402 WHIP.
According to fangraphs.com's WAR ratings, the Giants have won this one so far, though not dramatically. Pagan has been worth 1.6 WAR, while Ramirez (0.2) and Torres (0.8) have been worth just 1 WAR.