In a deal that shocked many in the baseball community, the Toronto Blue Jays traded starting pitcher Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets. In return, the Blue Jays received pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson.
— New York Mets (@Mets) July 29, 2019
Not much is known why the Mets traded for the starting pitcher, who was born and raised on Long Island. The Mets are currently fourth in the National League East, 11.5 games behind and six games back of the final Wild Card spot. They have been hot lately going 10-5 in their last 15 games. New York could still look to move either Noah Syndergaard or Jacob deGrom before the deadline.
In 21 starts this season, Stroman is 6-11 with an impressive ERA of 2.96 on a non-contender. He has 99 strikeouts and 14 quality starts and was selected to his first All-Star game. His contract is club-friendly as he is not eligible for free agency until after the 2020 season. Clearly, the Mets are receiving a quality starting pitcher to bolster their rotation.
Continuing their rebuild, the Blue Jays received a pair of young top prospects from the Mets. Kay, New York’s number six prospect, was 1-3 for the Triple-A Syracuse Mets. He started the season at Double-A, going 7-3 with an ERA of 1.49 at Binghamton. Woods-Richardson was listed at number seven on the Mets prospect list. He has spent the entire season at Single-A Columbia, going 3-8 with an ERA of 4.25 and 97 strikeouts in 20 starts.
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