Mets, Phillies swap backup backstops

By Jim Callis

July 23, 2001

In a minor trade of major league backup catchers, the Phillies acquired Todd Pratt from the Mets on Monday in exchange for Gary Bennett.

Pratt, 34, is known for his bat. The highlight of his career was a game-winning homer in the 1999 National League Division Series against the Diamondbacks. He hasn’t provided much offense this season, however, hitting .163-2-4 in 80 at-bats. He returns to Philadelphia, where he began his big league career in 1992. In 378 games with the Phillies, Cubs and Mets, he has hit .251-26-123 with a .400 slugging percentage. Pratt isn’t much defensively and has gunned down just one of 12 basestealers in 2001.

Bennett, 29, is the opposite of Pratt. His strong suit is defense, as he threw out 27.8 percent of basestealers in 2000 and 30.8 percent this year. That’s not outstanding, but certainly ranks ahead of his batting prowess. Bennett is hitting .215-1-6 in 75 at-bats this year, and .249-4-36 with a .340 slugging percentage in 109 career games.