Mets make a move

New York Mets Juan Uribe celebrates after hitting a tenth-inning, walk-off single to lift the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, July 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

After over half a season of offensive frustration, the Mets finally made a move to fix that, trading with Atlanta for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson on Friday.

Uribe has already made his presence felt, coming through with a walk-off hit in his second game in a Mets uniform.

It’s not exactly a race-shaping trade, but the Mets were able to plug two problem spots in the lineup. Johnson figures to get most of the playing time at second base and Uribe most of the time at third, with Daniel Murphy also figuring into the mix.

Uribe is in his 15th big league season and he’s still been very productive in recent seasons. Through 77 games this year, which included some time with the Dodgers before they traded him to Atlanta, Uribe is hitting .275 with eight home runs and 24 RBI. He’s been particularly effective against left-handed pitching, slugging .593 in 54 at-bats against southpaws this season.

Johnson is a .272 hitter with 10 homers and 35 RBI, having played outfield, first base and third base for the Braves this year. So he’ll give Terry Collins some extra flexibility in the lineup. Johnson got few at-bats against lefties in Atlanta, but his offensive numbers across the board were pretty similar to what he did against righties.

Neither one of these guys is going to save the Mets’ offensive by himself. They’re not pieces for the future, either, as both are free agents at season’s end. But for a relatively small cost – the Mets sent minor league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen in return – the Mets can now field a much more formidable, or at the very least, competent, major league lineup on most nights. They didn’t add an All-Star like Troy Tulowitzki or Justin Upton – at least not yet – but the Mets added some pop and some length to the batting order and, by extension, the bench. This trade on its own probably isn’t enough to make the Mets serious contenders for a playoff spot, but it has put the club on the right track.

Will GM Sandy Alderson keep making moves this week? Or was this all the Mets are going to do?

We’ll see.

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