The Mets have officially acquired infielders Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe in exchange for minor-league right-handers John Gant and Rob Whalen and cash considerations. The deal was first reported as close by Jim Bowden of ESPN.com.
The Mets have been in pursuit of a bat over the last few weeks, with Gerardo Parra, Ben Zobrist and Justin Upton among the potential additions that were considered. At 49-47 in the National League East heading into Friday night, the organization is confident it can make a playoff run throughout the second half if it improves a scuffling offense.
Atlanta acquired Uribe from the Dodgers to play third base and he has proven to be a consistent offensive option. He is batting .272/.331/.409 to complement eight home runs and 23 RBIs through 75 games in 2015. With David Wright out, the Mets have been hoping to add third base depth and will gain a proven option in the 36-year old veteran.
Johnson, 33, has posted a .275/.321/.451 batting line to complement nine home runs and 34 RBIs through 62 contests. He will give the Mets an additional left-handed bat and has the ability to play all over the diamond, appearing at first base, second base, third base, right field and left field so far this season.
Gant, 22, has posted a 3.52 ERA through over 99.2 innings and 17 starts this season. Whalen was the Mets' 20th best prospect heading into 2015, according to Baseball America, and has posted a 3.36 ERA over 86 innings this season.