Jon Morosi reports that the Mets and Blue Jays are in agreement on a trade involving starter Marcus Stroman. Per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays will receive prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson from the Mets.
Stroman, 28, has had a career year, posting a 2.96 ERA with a 99/35 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings of work. The right-hander is owed the remainder of his $7.4 million salary and will be eligible for a fourth and final year of arbitration going into the 2020 season.
It is a bit surprising to hear that the Mets, of all teams, acquired Stroman as the club is in fourth place in the NL East with a 50-55 record. They are 11.5 games out of first place in the division and are six games out of the second Wild Card slot with eight teams total in the mix.
Kay, 24, is the Mets’ No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline. He started the year with Double-A Binghamton but earned a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse in mid-June, where he has struggled. In 31 1/3 innings with Syracuse, he has a 6.61 ERA with 26 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Woods-Richardson, 18, is rated No. 6 in the Mets’ system, according to MLB Pipeline. With Single-A Columbia this season, the right-hander has posted a 4.25 ERA with a 97/17 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across 20 starts.