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I critized the Putz deal at the time on this blog, and I copy/pasted a critical report from of all places a fantasy baseball site, that rightly questioned giving so much away for a player with known elbow problems (he struggled in 2008 with them, everyone knew there was something amiss, those chips did not appear overnight, either the mets staff did not do their homework or they thought it would hold up, in either case they were wrong, again).

Combine that with a big contract and it was easy to see the imagine this happening, but the media and most fans preferred to remember the guy that suddenly gained 10mph on his fastball in 2006 and 2007.

Trades are judged by the results, not perception at the time, and the results suck for which Omar should take the heat.

Here is the fantasy baseball comment AT THE TIME:

Mets acquired RHP J.J. Putz, OF Jeremy Reed and RHP Sean Green; Mariners acquired OF Franklin Gutierrez, RHP Aaron Heilman, 1B Mike Carp, OF Endy Chavez, LHP Jason Vargas, OF Ezequiel Carrera and RHP Maikel Cleto; Indians acquired RHP Joe Smith and 2B Luis Valbuena.
The Mets will be praised for this, and they might even deserve it. However, Putz never did recover his best stuff after last season's elbow problems, and it's an open question of how he got his best stuff in the first place. In 2006 and 2007, he was about as dominant as any reliever in the game, amassing a ridiculous 186/26 K/BB ratio in 150 innings. However, he never showed that kind of potential in previous seasons and he didn't ever look like the same guy last season, even if he did finish with 56 strikeouts in 46 1/3 innings. Odds are that the Mets are getting a very good setup man. However, he'll probably never again be the pitcher he was in 2006 and 2007 and he'll be quite expensive to keep beyond next season. He's due $5.5 million in 2009 and $9.1 million if his option for 2010 is picked up. Dec. 11

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