"This is a big one."
The Indians, Mets and Mariners appear to be on the verge of a three-team deal in which J.J. Putz would go to New York as the setup man to the newly acquired Francisco Rodriguez.
The particulars of the deal were still being worked out Wednesday night at the Bellagio, but it appears Franklin Gutierrez is headed to the M’s, and Mets right-handed reliever Joe Smith and Mariners infielder Luis Valbuena are coming to Cleveland.
Mets right-hander Aaron Heilman and Mariners outfielder Jeremy Reed are also believed to be involved, though it is unclear who is headed where.
Stay tuned. Many, many more updates to come.
UPDATE (10:38 p.m. ET): Got confirmation on the particulars of this trade. This could get done tonight.
The Indians receive Smith and Valbuna.
The Mariners receive Gutierrez from the Tribe and Heilman, outfielder Endy Chavez and first baseman Mike Carp from the Mets.
The Mets receive Putz, Reed and reliever Sean Green.
So, unless I’m missing something (such as other Minor Leaguers being involved), it’s a nine-player swap, with the Indians giving up Gut to get a situational right-handed reliever and an infield prospect that the Mariners were considering for their starting second base job next season.
What do you think?
UPDATE No. 2 (11:50 p.m. ET): Holy Lord, this thing just keeps growing. It’s actually a 12-player swap, and it does involve other Minor Leaguers. Nobody from the Indians, though.
In addition to the players previously mentioned, the M’s are getting right-hander Maikel Cleto, left-hander Jason Vargas and outfielder Ezekiel Carrera from the Mets.