SNY and other media outlets are reporting that the Mets have traded for Blue Jays All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman. Going to Toronto are two top 10 prospects in LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods Richardson.
Stroman, a 5’7 RHP, is just 6-11 this season despite a 2.96 ERA and a 3.52 FIP. He’s done an excellent job of keeping the ball in the park, allowing just 10 HR in 124.2 IP. For a point of comparison, Zack Wheeler has allowed 17 HR in 124.1 IP. Stroman will be in his fourth and final season of arbitration in 2020, meaning the Mets have him under control for one more season after the current one. Stroman was awarded $7.4 million in arbitration for the 2019 season.
The 24-year-old Kay had a great season in Double-A for the Mets this year but has struggled in seven outings for Triple-A Syracuse. The 18-year-old Woods Richardson had an up-and-down season at Lo-A Columbia, starting out great before hitting a rough patch but then pitching to a 2.09 ERA over his final nine starts. He was promoted to Hi-A a few days ago but had yet to pitch for St. Lucie.
During the offseason, we heard rumors that the Mets were going to trade Noah Syndergaard for prospects and then replace him by signing a free agent pitcher. That never came to be but it seems certain that Stroman will replace a pitcher that the Mets trade before the deadline, whether that’s Syndergaard or Wheeler or possibly even Jason Vargas.