3. Lineup Depth

Mets fans had visions of Carlos Gomez and Jay Bruce dancing in their heads at the trade deadline, but two under the radar moves may have just been what the doctor ordered.

When injuries to David Wright and Daniel Murphy placed them both on the disabled list, the Mets had no choice but to rely on quadruple-A players to fill their everyday lineup.

Alderson made what seemed to be a small move in acquiring Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe from the Atlanta Braves.  It turns out this was anything but small.

The trade gave manager Terry Collins legitimate major league hitters to fill the lineup card. It also took some pressure off the everyday players that were struggling to make up for the injured players lost production.  Uribe has even become a fan favorite and positive locker room presence.

If the Mets make a long run in the playoffs this year you can look back at the Uribe/Johnson trade as a turning point moment.