Mets acquire Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves for two pitchers

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Update (7:13 PM EST): Heyman reports that the deal is official.

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ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Mets and Braves are “close” on a trade that would send Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson to New York. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and Joel Sherman of the New York Post also reported that a deal is close.

Uribe, 36, has already been traded this season, as he joined the Braves from the Dodgers in late May along with pitcher Chris Withrow. The Dodgers received Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas, and Juan Jaime from Atlanta. Uribe has hit well in a Braves uniform, posting a .285/.353/.464 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 17 RBI in 167 plate appearances.

Johnson, 33, has played first, second, and third base as well as both corner outfield positions while hitting .275/.321/.451 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 197 plate appearances.

Sherman reports that the Braves will be receiving “young arms” in the trade, including John Gant. The 22-year-old right-hander has a 3.52 ERA and a 91/36 K/BB ratio over 99 2/3 combined innings between Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton.

Update (7:07 PM EST): Per Sherman, Rob Whalen is the other pitcher involved in the deal. The 21-year-old right-hander has a 3.36 ERA with a 61/34 K/BB ratio in 83 innings with Single-A St. Lucie.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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