According to the team press release, the Mets have acquired RHP J.J. Putz, RHP Sean Green, and OF Jeremy Reed from the Mariners in a three-team trade involving 12 players.
In turn, the Mets have sent RHP Aaron Heilman, OF Endy Chavez, LHP Jason Vargas, 1B Mike Carp, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto to the Mariners, while sending RHP Joe Smith to the Indians.
Minaya addressed reporters from the media room in the Bellagdio and said the deal took time, but it all came together this afternoon.
According to Minaya, with Putz and Francisco Rodriguez, ‘We have one of the best bullpens in baseball.”
“The best part about this is that it’s an old fashion trade,” Minaya said, “This is how trades are done, it’s a pure baseball trade.”
“As far as Mets fans are concerned,” Minaya said, “All I kept on hearing on the streets of New York, when you get go get bagels in the morning is, ‘Omar, address the bullpen, please,’ well, to you Mets fans, we’ve addressed the bullpen by getting Mr. Putz.”
Indians GM Mark Shapiro said, “This really did come together remarkable quickly, with a lot of back leg work leading up to it, but it came together quick this afternoon and what I hope is that we’re all feeling good about it a year from now.”
Lastly, M’s GM Jeff Zduriencik said he is not yet ready to speak about Heilman’s role, though he will have a chance to start.
Update, 12:50 AM:
Asked if Putz will want to be a set-up man, his agent told ESPN.com, “He's one of the top five or 10 closers in the game… No, he would not want to be a set-up man.”