Mets Acquire Kelly Johnson From Braves
For the second consecutive year the New York Mets have acquired infielder Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves. This time, the Mets gave up pitcher Akeel Morris.
Johnson, a left-handed hitter, will give the Mets a bat with some power and will also serve as depth with the extended absence of David Wright. Johnson was hitting just .215 this season in Atlanta but was hit .250 for the Mets a season ago in 49 games. Johnson hit five homers in a Mets uniform.
What did the Mets give up in Morris? A 23-year-old who was 2-2 in Binghamton (AA) with six saves. He actually made his major league debut with the Mets last season, surrendering five earned runs in 0.2 innings for an ERA of 67.50.
I don't love the move to get Johnson for a second straight year especially for a power arm under team control. Also, there are better options potentially on the trade market like Johnathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun.