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Mets acquire Marcus Stroman from Blue Jays

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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.

Yankees place Aaron Judge (strained calf) on IL

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NEW YORK — Yankees star Aaron Judge was placed on the injured list with a right calf strain before Friday night’s game against Boston and manager Aaron Boone is optimistic the outfielder will not miss significant time.

The move was retroactive to Wednesday and Boone described the strain as mild after an MRI revealed the injury. To replace Judge on the roster, Thairo Estrada was recalled from the Yankees’ alternate site in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Judge began Friday leading the majors with nine homers and tied with Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon for the major league lead with 20 RBIs.

“It’s something that I think he really wants to try and work through here and kind of wants to be out here and feels like it’s a day-to-day thing which it may very well be, but I just think obviously it goes without saying how important a player Aaron is to us,” Boone said.

Boone had said last weekend’s series on the artificial turf in Tampa Bay took its toll on the 6-foot-7 outfielder.

Judge joined Giancarlo Stanton as the second Yankees slugger to land on the injured list this. Stanton was placed on the IL with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the second game of last Saturday’s doubleheader.

“We’ve lost two MVP-caliber players,” Boone said. “Obviously that is a blow, especially two guys that playing well as they are right now.”

Judge was pulled for a pinch hitter during Tuesday night’s win over Atlanta and didn’t play Wednesday. The Yankees were off Thursday.

The 28-year-old All-Star missed time during July’s training camp because of a stiff neck.

The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year hit 27 homers in each of the last two seasons, both of them interrupted by injuries. His right wrist was broken when he was hit by a pitch in 2018 and he went on the injured list for two months last year with a left oblique strain.

Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and would not have been ready for the season opener if the season began as scheduled on March 26.