ORLANDO (AP): The Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement in principle to trade outfielder Melky Cabrera to their division rivals the New York Mets in exchange for shortstop prospect Wilmer Flores. Mets GM Omar Minaya said that “Melky is extremely popular in New York and I will do anything to get attention and get people to come to the ballpark. Wait, did I say that out loud?”
Flores, rated the Mets’ #2 prospect according to Baseball America, hit .264 at the age of 17 for Savannah of the South Atlantic League. He joins a rich Braves farm system that however is considered to be thin in the middle infield. Upon the announcement that he had been traded, several Mets bloggers burned down Minaya’s house.
Cabrera, who played for the Mets’ crosstown rival Yankees from 2005 to 2009, was traded to the Braves this offseason as part of a package for pitcher Javier Vazquez. He is not very good.