Fantasy Baseball: Juan Uribe Helping Mets; Can He Help Your Team?


The Mets made a deal with little fanfare last week that brought over veteran third baseman Juan Uribe and veteran utilityman Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves. It received little fanfare because it happened the same day as the Aramis Ramirez and Scott Kazmir deals.

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Uribe picked up the game winning hit against the Dodgers on Sunday, giving the Mets hope that he can be a clutch player that they sorely need. With Michael Cuddyer finally landing on the DL with a bone bruise that has been bothering him for the last six weeks, the Mets needed help. They also moved David Wright to the 60 day DL since his rehab is not coming along as well as the had hoped. Wright will resume baseball activities sometime this week, but it is still unclear whether he will play again this year.

The full trade looks like this:

Uribe and Johnson fill the holes left by Wright and Cuddyer. The Mets have had little success replacing Wright at third with Eric Campbell and a gaggle of other infielders that don’t have third as their primary position. Now they acquire two guys that can play there if needed. The struggling John Mayberry was sent down to make room for Johnson, who will primarily play the outfield, but he can spell Uribe at third and Wilmer Flores as second base if needed.

Uribe is hitting .275 with eight homers and 24 RBI this season, and will give the Mets a little bit of pop in the lineup. This is the second time that Uribe has been dealt this season. The Dodgers traded him to Atlanta in May for Alberto Callaspo. Now it is likely that Uribe will be in New York for the rest of the year. He will play nearly every day, and can help those of you in ten team leagues that use CI or UTIL positions. He should be owned in all 12 team leagues. He won’t score a lot of runs, but he will have ample opportunity to drive some in.

Jul 25, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Kelly Johnson (55) runs the bases after hitting a home run to right during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Johnson is also hitting .275 this season with nine homers and 34 RBI. Those numbers are not what you would call great, but when you look at who he and Uribe are replacing, they could seriously help the Mets. Both of these guys will be in the lineup nearly every day. They are hitting for a good average and providing a little bit of power. That makes both of them worth owning in leagues of 12 or more. Johnson’s multi-position eligibility will make him a suitable replacement option in all mixed leagues right now. Keep an eye on both to see if they get hot. They will get many more opportunities with the Mets than they did in Atlanta. This trade helped the fantasy relevance of both players, which is unusual.

It clearly hurts the value of Eric Campbell, John Mayberry, and Danny Muno. All of them were only relevant in deep leagues anyway, so it doesn’t affect many of us fantasy players.

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    The Mets gave up two mid-level prospects for two guys that are going to help them immediately. Can it help them make the playoffs? With that rotation, anything is possible. And they didn’t have to pillage the farm system to do it.

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