MLB trade rumors: Mets get Marcus Stroman, ship Vargas to Phillies
CLEVELAND, Ohio — The one thing the Mets had plenty of at the start of the season was starting pitching. Now they have more after landing right-hander Marcus Stroman from Toronto on Sunday. The question is are they really going to keep all those starters?
The answer is no. The Mets, according to several media outlets, traded left-hander Jason Vargas to the Phillies on Monday as Wednesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline looms. The Mets reportedly received Double-A catcher Austin Bossart from the Phils.
Vargas (6.05, 4.01) made 19 appearances, including 18 starts, for manager Mickey Callaway’s Mets.
The Mets, a non-contender, have a championship rotation in Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zach Wheeler, Steven Matz and Stroman. Maybe this season is a lost cause, but think about having those six starters headed into the 2020 season?
Another benefit is that they’ve become the team to talk to for contenders seeking starting pitching. The Padres have talked to the Mets about Snydergaard, but so far the Mets are apparently asking too high a price. The Mets, however, can always wait to the offseason to make a deal.
The Mets are receiving high marks for getting Stroman for left-hander Anthony Kay and right-hander Simeon Woods-Richardson. MLB.com ranked them as the Mets fourth and sixth rated prospects, respectively. Kay was a combined 8-6 with a 3.13 in 19 starts at Class AAA Syracuse and Class AA Binghamton. Woods-Richardson, a No.2 pick in 2018, was 3-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 20 starts at Class A Columbia.
Scouts believe the Blue Jays added two decent arms.
The odd thing about this trade is that it was a deal between non-contenders even though Stroman (6-11, 2.96) could have helped a number of contenders right now. He’s is signed through 2020.
Stroman, born in Medford, N.Y., was hoping he’d get traded to New York, but it sounds like he preferred it to be the Yankees not the Mets. When told of the deal on Sunday after Toronto’s win over Tampa Bay, the locker room was closed to reporters. Stroman apparently did not take the news well.
Stroman’s father, Early, told Newsday, ““He was hoping it was the Yankees a little bit. He was kind of psyched, maybe hoping to go there. I’m not going to tell you that he wasn’t. If he was to leave Toronto at all. Don’t forget, Marcus loved Toronto, his heart was there. The brass [management] didn’t kind of appreciate him as much as the fans did. The whole country took to him and they took to me.”
In other trade-related news:
*Blue Jays: Atlanta has reportedly shown interest in in Toronto reliever Joe Biagini. The Blue Jays are also taking calls on closer Ken Giles and set-up man Daniel Hudson.
*Tampa Bay: On July 24, Shane Bieber had his bid for a no-hitter ruined by Toronto’s Eric Sogard, who hit a leadoff double in the seventh inning at Rogers Centre. Bieber went on to throw a one-hit, complete game.
It was the last game Sogard played for the Blue Jays because on Sunday he was traded to the Rays. Sogard and Bieber may meet again when the Indians played the Rays in a three-game set from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
*Dodgers: The Dodgers acquired infielder Kristopher Negron, 33, from Seattle, for minor league infielder Daniel Castro. The Dodgers needed Negron because Kiki Hernandez has been placed on the injured list.
*Cubs: Catcher Martin Maldonado just joined the Cubs a couple of weeks ago from the Royals because of an injury to starting catcher Willson Contreras. Well, Contreras and at least one report has the Cubs shopping Maldonado.
The Astros are said to have an interest. Maldonado appeared in 114 games for the Astros last season.
The Cubs have also reportedly talked to the Orioles about infielder Jonathan Villar after missing out on Sogard.
*Red Sox: Boston continues to look for bullpen help. Mets closer Edwin Diaz has been talked about. Toronto’s Giles and Hudson are possibilities.
*Giants: Teams are showing interesting, according to MLB Network’s Ken Rosenthal, in lefty Drew Pomeranz, recently moved to the bullpen. Pomeranz is a former No.1 pick of the Indians.
*Brewers: Milwaukee made a deal with the Pirates, acquiring right-hander Jordan Lyles for Class AA right-hander Cody Ponce. Lyles pitched for the Brewers last year when they went to Game 7 of the NLCS.
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