The Mets shocked the baseball world on Sunday night when they announced the acquisition of one of the most coveted starting pitchers on the market ahead of the trade deadline, Marcus Stroman, from the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Mets sent a pair ofminor league pitchers - left-hander Anthony Kay and righty Simeon Woods-Richardson - to the Blue Jays for Stroman and cash considerations.
Stroman, 28, was an American League All-Star this season. He entered Sunday ranked fifth in the American League in ERA (2.96), with the third-lowest slugging percentage (.357) and eighth-lowest OPS (.656).
Mets Executive Vice-President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement, “Marcus is a dynamic talent who will bring tremendous passion to our team and energy our fans will truly appreciate. As a Long Island native, we believe that Marcus will thrive playing in New York.”
The Mets rotation, already one of the best in baseball, now features Stroman in addition to reigning National League Cy Young award winner Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler, and Jason Vargas.
If the Mets deal Wheeler or Vargas, both of whom have been mentioned as trade possibilities since they are free agents, Stroman would slip into their rotation spot. This means the Mets' rotation is still primed to make a run this season or certainly in 2020.
Stroman owns the sixth-lowest home run/9-inning rate (0.72) in the majors and has yielded 10 home runs in 124.2 innings this year. Since his rookie season in 2014, Stroman ranks 10th in the majors in homers per nine innings (0.80).
The Medford, NY native has the fifth-best ERA (2.93) vs. National League clubs among all American League pitchers with 75.0 or more innings vs. the NL since 2014.
Among pitchers with at least 700.0 innings pitched since 2014, Stroman has allowed the third-fewest extra-base hits (221), behind Alex Wood (186) and Carlos Martinez (207).
For his career, Stroman is 47-45 with a 3.76 ERA in 135 major league games, 129 starts, all with Toronto.
Kay, 24, is 8-6 with a 3.13 ERA in 19 combined starts between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and Syracuse (AAA) of the International League this year.
Woods-Richardson, 18, is 3-8 with 4.25 ERA in 20 starts for Columbia (A) of South Atlantic League.