Last week's trade with the Angels has gotten off to a bumpy start

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The New York Mets traded Eduardo Escobar on Friday night to the Los Angeles Angels for a pair of prospects. Coleman Crow and Landon Marceaux are now members of the Amazins’ farm system.

A Mets trade worthy of some positive spin, it hasn’t gotten off to a picture perfect beginning.

Some of the bad news from the recent NY Mets trade with the LA Angels didn’t come as a surprise

First, the bad news we knew about. The Mets added Coleman all while knowing he hadn’t pitched since April due to shoulder inflammation. The kind of injury that seems to linger and potentially knock some pitchers out for an entire season, at least the Mets were aware of this upon signing off on the trade.

Regarded as the better of the two pitchers, Crow had been 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA on the year in his four starts for Double-A Rocket City which these days sounds more like a Wes Anderson film than an American city. There is no expected time for his return at the moment. The fact that the Mets were able to flip Escobar for anyone of significance is pretty good and patience can help us throw this unknown.

Then there was the unexpectedly bad day Landon Marceaux had on the mound for Binghamton this weekend. He lasted just 2 innings, gave up 5 earned runs, and didn’t strike anyone out. He was coming over from Rocket City with a 3-6 record and 4.88 ERA on the year. No one expected him to go out and toss a perfect game. It’s just disappointing to see him come over and immediately toss a dud.

To top it all off, Escobar went 2 for 4 in the Angels’ annihilation of the Colorado Rockies that ended with a 25-1 win for his new team and Mike Moustakas jumping from one dugout to the other afterward. In a time when the Mets could actually use Escobar even in a part-time role and replaced him with just Danny Mendick on the roster, it definitely feels like the Mets are sliding toward full on trade deadline seller mode.

Yeah, a known injury, a bad minor league debut, and a veteran arriving just in time for one of the biggest beatdowns in MLB history doesn’t make this a losing deal for the Mets just yet. What it can do is cause us to question Billy Eppler a little bit more. Everything he touches seems to turn into whatever the opposite of gold happens to be.