Got’em: Mets Acquire Former-Closer Putz to Back-up K-Rod

Care of the Mets Website:

LAS VEGAS — The Seattle Mariners sent right-handed reliever J.J. Putz to the New York Mets on Wednesday night as part of a three-team, nine-player trade with the Cleveland Indians.

The Mariners receive right-handed pitcher Aaron Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first baseman Mike Carp from the Mets, along with outfielder Franklin Gutierrez from the Indians.

Putz, who has been involved in trade rumors for several weeks, becomes the eighth-inning setup man for new Mets closer Frankie Rodriguez. Second baseman Luis Valbuena will go the Indians, who also get right-handed pitcher Joe Smith from the Mets in the deal.

Sadly, both Joe Smith and Endy Chavez were casualties of the move. I will miss them dearly- and then I will rejoice over our completely upgraded bullpen. Ballin’.

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