The New York Mets today announced the club has acquired infielder Juan Uribe, outfielder Kelly Johnson and cash considerations from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league righthanded pitchers John Gant and Rob Whalen.
The Mets designated outfielder John Mayberry Jr. for assignment, optioned Danny Muno to Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League and transferred David Wright to the 60-Day Disabled List.
Uribe, 36, is hitting .272 (63-232) with 23 runs scored, eight doubles, eight home runs, 23 RBI and a .331 on-base percentage in 75 games this season. He played in 46 games with the Braves after appearing in 29 games with the Dodgers before he was traded in a six-player deal on May 27.
He was honored as a 2014 Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at third base. Uribe’s .970 career fielding percentage leads all active third basemen.
He owns a .426 career slugging percentage vs. lefthanders. Uribe had career-highs in batting average (.311) and on-base percentage (.337) with the Dodgers in 2014.
Uribe has hit .257 with 305 doubles, 43 triples, 186 home runs and 771 RBI over his 15-year major league career with the Rockies, White Sox, Giants, Dodgers and Braves. He won World Series titles with the White Sox (2005) and Giants (2010).
Johnson, 33, is hitting .275 (50-182) with 20 runs scored, five doubles, nine home runs, 34 RBI and a .321 on-base percentage in 62 games this season with Atlanta. He has hit .251 with 210 doubles, 40 triples, 140 home runs and 503 RBI during his 10-year major league career with the Braves, Diamondbacks, Blue Jays, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox and Orioles.
Johnson is a career .273 (296-1,085) hitter vs. lefthanders. He is hitting .342 (13-38) with a .432 on-base percentage and 12 RBI over his last 13 games. Johnson has hit .291 (16-55) in 18 career games at Citi Field.
Gant, 22, was 6-5 with a 3.52 ERA (39 earned runs/99.2 innings) in 17 starts between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League this year.
Whalen, 21, was 4-5 with a 3.36 ERA (31 earned runs/83.0 innings) in 15 games, 14 starts, with St. Lucie in 2015.
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