The 12 Man Trade

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If you’re a baseball fan, you probably know about the recent 12-man trade the Mariners, Mets, and Indians participated in:

Here’s the breakdown:

Mariners gave up: JJ Putz, Sean Green, Luis Valbuena, and Jeremy Reed.

Mets gave up: Aaron Heilman, Joe Smith, Mike Carp, Jason Vargas, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, and Ezequiel Carrera.

Indians gave up: Franklin Gutierrez

We got: Aaron Heilman, Mike Carp, Jason Vargas, Endy Chavez, Maikel Cleto, Ezequiel Carrera, and Franklin Gutierrez.

Weigh the Scales: JJ Putz was a big loss, because when he’s healthy, he is one of THE best closers in baseball – just check out his stats from ’06 and ’07. Sean Green, not so much. He’s ok, a workhorse, but showed struggles down the stretch. Jeremy is a mediocore player who plays great defense. And Luis has a solid bat with little pop, but has a great glove.

The guys we got aren’t spectacular, but they are solid. Jason Vargas once was a top prospect – he’s left-handed, and could benefit the club either now or in the future. Mike Carp is a power-hitting, left-handed first baseman. Because he’s left-handed, he shouldn’t have that bad of a problem pulling balls over the fence. Heilman should immediately benefit the club by plugging Putz’s spot, or joining the rotation. The other prospects should get to the bigs in the next couple of years, hopefully. 🙂

End Result: Was it a good trade? I believe so. The M’s need a whole lot of young players to fill their depleted minor league ranks, and Carp will help the offense. 🙂

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