Mets swing big, acquire Marcus Stroman in a trade with the Blue Jays
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets have reportedly struck a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays for All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Welcome back to New York, Marcus Stroman. The New York Mets are the first to swing big at the 2019 trade deadline, making off a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays for Stroman.
The Long Island native has been one of the deadline’s most talked-about trade pieces. With the Blue Jays aiming to move on from their veterans in pursuit of future glory with guys like Home Run Derby runner up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leading the way, a Stroman trade felt imminent all year long.
However, the Mets have snuck in and paid the price. As teams like the New York Yankees wonder what they will do in the coming days to bolster their rotation, the Mets have gone out and swiped one of the available arms out from under them and the rest of baseball’s clear contenders.
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So, what did the Mets give up to land the 28-year-old righty?
Well, we don’t yet know just yet. However, we can speculate about a few names that may match up.
One player we could see heading north to Toronto is Dominic Smith. Though he recently landed on the IL, he’s a fit for the Blue Jays who don’t have a true first baseman of the future. It also helps to have the DH in the American League where they could survive with two players at the position should anyone emerge.
My guess is it will take more than Smith to bring Stroman to Citi Field. Your guess is as good as mine as to what they could have potentially given up.
As Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported, pitching prospects are reportedly going to the Blue Jays. If this is indeed the case, Anthony Kay or David Peterson are possibly involved. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic believes Simeon Woods-Richardson is the man who could headline the deal.
Unfortunately for those fans hoping to view this as a buyer’s move, it may end up as an appetizer to a Noah Syndergaard trade. As Leen Amin of Rising Apple covered earlier today, there have been rumors about the Mets acquiring Stroman and trading Syndergaard in similar moves. For this deal to go down first, though, is a bit more surprising.
There was a sense they could trade Syndergaard to a team with prospects to unload only to then flip those minor leaguers to Toronto for Stroman. It doesn’t look like this is how it will go down.
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Be sure to check back for more updates on the first of what may be several big trades by the Mets this week.