Mets send Ring, Bell to Padres for Johnson, Adkins

Updated: November 15, 2006, 4:44 PM ET
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The New York Mets on Wednesday acquired outfielder Ben Johnson and right-hander Jon Adkins from the San Diego Padres for right-hander Heath Bell and left-hander Royce Ring.

Keith Law's take
Keith Law
Although the Mets are making no secret of the fact that they considered Jon Adkins as the centerpiece of their deal with the Padres -- the first half of their press release on the trade is about him -- they ended up with the trade's best player in Ben Johnson, also known as "the guy Bruce Bochy should have had on his playoff roster."

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Johnson, 25, batted .250 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 58 games with the Padres last season. He is a career .236 hitter with seven homers and 25 RBI in two seasons with San Diego.

"Ben Johnson is a versatile outfielder who can play all three spots, has speed and shown some power," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said. "He is just 25 years old, and we feel he has yet to reach his potential."

Adkins, 29, went 2-1 with a 3.98 ERA in 55 relief appearances with the Padres in 2006. He is 4-5 with a 4.63 ERA in three-plus seasons with San Diego and the Chicago White Sox.

"Jon Adkins has had success on the major-league level and can pitch multiple innings," Minaya said. "He's another quality arm to add to our bullpen staff."

Bell, 29, posted a 5.11 ERA in 22 games with the defending National League East Division champion Mets. The hard-throwing right-hander is 1-5 with a 4.92 ERA in three seasons with New York.

Ring, 25, pitched to a 2.13 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Mets last season.

"In Bell and Ring, we are getting two pitchers with solid major-league experience," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said. "We think that Bell, with his size and power, has tremendous upside as a potential setup guy with a good fastball and plus slider.

"Situational lefties are hard to come by, and Ring is someone who has been dominant against lefties his entire career."