The New York Mets have shocked the world by making a move that improves their 2019 postseason hopes, and they did it without giving up Noah Syndergaard.
The New York Mets have agreed to a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, pending medical information, that sends Toronto pitcher Marcus Stroman to Flushing in exchange for prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson.
This move is the first big move of the deadline and is quite the shock as Stroman is considered to be the best pitching option on the market. The Mets at this moment are 5 games under .500 and are 6 games back in the Wild Card, behind 5 teams.
Stroman brings a 6-11 record to the Mets, along with a 2.96 ERA, a 1.227 WHIP and a 7.1 k/9 through 21 games this season for Toronto. As noted by Eno Sarris, Stroman has the 10th best homer rate in the MLB’s #JuicedBall Era.
Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson were the Mets #4 and #6 prospects prior to the deal. Anthony Kay had solid success in Double-A, (posting a 7-3 record in 12 games, surrendering only 2 home runs in that stretch, holding opposing hitters to a stifling .165 average) but has had his struggles since arriving in Triple-A. In 7 games for Syracuse, Kay has posted a 6.61 ERA, surrendering a home run each game, getting rocked to the tune of a .325 average against opposing hitters.
Woods-Richardson has had a decent season for the Columbia Fireflies, posting a 3-8 record in 20 starts for the Single-A Club. He currently sports a 4.25 ERA and a 1.210 WHIP while holding opposing hitters to a .256 average.
This move will more than likely correspond with another move that frees up a rotation slot. While this trade does not include Noah Syndergaard, it has no effect on the on-going conversations with the San Diego Padres. However, it makes little to no sense for the Mets to replace Syndergaard with Stroman. If anything, this move signals that Zack Wheeler could be packing his bags.
Shock was the prevalent feeling when news of this trade broke. It’s the second time this season the Mets have made a splash dealing pitching prospects. Earlier in the year, the Mets sent pitchers Gerson Bautista and Justin Dunn to the Mariners for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. That deal also included Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and Top-100 prospect Jared Kelenic. That transaction led first-year GM Brodie Van Wagenen to pound his chest a bit:
As of right now, the Mets are within spitting distance of the Wild Card, which seems to be their only chance to get into the postseason. The last time they faced a Wild Card scenario was 2016, when Conor Gillaspie sent a Jeurys Familia pitch to the moon leading to Madison Bumgarner slamming the door on the Mets hopes with a complete game shutout.
Only time will tell if this deal makes a difference. Is this another Mets trade that is doomed to fail? Or is this the beginning of a renaissance in Queens?
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