Of the nearly 40 trades the Mets and Braves have made, the most impactful is one of the more recent. Ahead of the Mets’ run to the 2015 World Series, they cut a deal with the Braves to land a pair of versatile position players.
On July 24, 2015, the Mets acquired Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Braves for John Gant and Robert Whalen.
In 138 trips to the plate, Johnson hit .250/.304/.414 with 5 home runs. He helped supplement them at just about every position, adding a little more depth to the roster. Maybe bigger than his role on the 2015 team was how the trade possibly set up a similar deal the following year when Johnson was once again traded from Atlanta to New York.
As for Uribe, he hit .219/.301/.430 for the 2015 Mets. Though the overall numbers didn’t spark much positivity, he was an improvement over Eric Campbell who had been filling in at third base for the injured David Wright.
While it’s Yoenis Cespedes who truly sparked the offense, this trade with the Braves helped make the Mets better.
Further adding to the wellness of this trade, Gant and Whalen never became stars. Gant is still young and pitched well for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2018. Meanwhile, Whalen announces his retirement in February of 2019 with 36 major league innings under his belt.