Tony Plate - Major League Trade Deadline By Tony Plate 7/30/19


The Major League trade deadline is tomorrow and the New York Mets traded Jason Vargas and cash to the Philadelphia Phillies for minor league Double-A catcher Austin Bossart today. The Mets should be making more trades. 

 The New York Yankees are one of the teams rumored to be interested in Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard.  A trade between the two New York teams would be very interesting since they do not do that much business with each other. 

The Mets are hoping to get a top prospect in return for Wheeler, but it may be difficult to do so since Wheeler will be a rental. Both teams should do business with each other more often, but the Mets have been known throughout the years to not want to help the Yankees. They should not feel that way. There should not be envy. 

 Both teams have players that are friends. I’m sure they pull for each other. The Mets have the starting pitching the Yanks need and the Yanks have the position players and prospects the Mets need. If they did business more often both teams would perhaps meet in the World Series.

The New York Mets really shocked the baseball world when they acquired All-Star pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays this past Sunday for two of the Mets top pitching prospects, 24-year- old left-hander Anthony Kay and 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Simeon Woods Richardson. 

The Mets also get $1.5 million from the Blue Jays to offset the amount remaining on Stroman’s $7.4 million salary this year. Stroman, 28 is 6-11 in 21 starts with a 2.96 earned run average that is fifth-best in the American League.

 In my opinion I felt the Blue Jays should have asked for one more prospect to make the trade more feasible for them. This trade is a win for the Mets. Stroman made his first All-Star team this season. He is eligible for arbitration next Winter and can become a free agent after the 2020 season. He is 47-45 with a 3.76 earned run average in six big league seasons. 

The Mets are only six games back in the National League wild-card race and I think Stroman can really help them. I was surprised they were able to acquire Stroman, because there was a rumor that the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros were interested in Stroman’s services.


Mack Ade said...

Tony -

I am both a 'win now' guy and a re-builder. I was all in on the rebuild direction and then BVW throws this curve at me.

I will miss both Anthony and SWR... as much I miss Dunn and Kelenic. Currently, our minors prospect list has been left in shambles.

I now show us having only one red starter (Szapucki) in the top 4 levels, and he still is being handled with baby gloves due to his past TJS surgery (that seems to be healing a little too slowly).

Now... with that said... Stroman is a stud. We currently have the top rotation in baseball. Extend him and Wheeler through 2022 and we are a big leaguer again.

Robb said...

I would trade wheeler but not Thor to the yankees if they had the best offer, bc wheeler will be a feee agent at the end of the season. Thor is under control for 2 more years. If he signs with them so be it. Just get the best deal for wheeler you can.

Tony said...

I would like to see a trade between the two NY teams, they can help each other, the Mets need bullpen help and the Yanks need a starter, maybe a deal can get done within the next three hours

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