By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The New York Mets acquired pitcher Marcus Stroman on Sunday. In exchange, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson.
The deal will become official once Stroman passes his psychical. That could come as soon as Monday.
Stroman was expected to be moved. However, it was surprising that the Mets were the team.
The New York Yankees were also mentioned as a potential landing spot for Stroman. Other teams also coveted his services.
With Stroman’s addition, the Mets will now likely deal either Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard. Thor — which is Syndergaard’s nickname — has been linked to the San Diego Padres.
The belief is Syndergaard will be traded by July 31st. However, with Wheeler a free agent at the end of the season, the management may tend to deal the Smyrna, Georgia native first.
The 28-year-old Medford, New York gets to return to his home state with his move. He was initially an 18th round pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2009 MLB Draft.
Instead of signing, he elected to go to Duke University and sign with the Blue Jays after being their first-round draft pick in the 2012 MLB Draft.
He spent the last six seasons with the team. Stroman is 6-11 this season in 21 starts. He also has a 2.96 ERA.
The former Blue Devil also allowed 50 runs (41 earned runs), including 10 home runs, on 118 hits in 124 2/3 innings. He also has 99 strikeouts and 35 walks.
He last pitched for the Blue Jays on July 24th. He received the loss despite giving up just one run in seven innings.