The Mets just made a minor deal, getting outfielder Ben Johnson and reliever Jon Adkins from the San Diego Padres this afternoon for relievers Heath Bell and Royce Ring.
Johnson is 25 and the Padres’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2005, which makes you wonder why they would be so willing to deal him. Adkins, 29, who pitched in 55 games last season for the Padres fits in with the Mets’ desire to add arms to their bullpen.
In a statement released by the Mets, GM Omar Minaya said: “Ben Johnson is a versatile outfielder who can play all three spots, has speed and shown some power. He is just 25-years-old and we feel he has yet to reach his potential. Jon Adkins has had success on the major league level and can pitch multiple innings. He’s another quality arm to add to our bullpen staff.’’
The numbers …
Johnson: .250 (30-120) with 19 runs scored, five doubles, two triples, four home runs, 12 RBI in 58 contests.
Adkins: 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 55 games. In 54 1/3 innings, allowed 55 hits, 26 runs, 24 earned, with 20 walks and 30 strikeouts.
Bell and Ring: Appeared in only 33 combined games for the Mets, mostly in mop-up, non-pressure situations.