The New York Mets have actually traded left-hander Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of a four-player offer. The Blue Jays announced the trade on Wednesday night. The trade, which opens an area in the Mets rotation and clears Matzs $5.2 million wage for 2021, might portend a more serious pursuit of totally free agent and reigning NL Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. Matz, 29, is coming off an abbreviated 2020 season in which he struggled to the tune of a 9.68 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. Matz managed to enable 14 crowning achievement over that period. Over the balance of his career, hes been approximately an average-ish beginning pitcher with a 91 ERA+ and 3.07 K/BB ratio throughout parts of six significant league seasons. Matz has a long history of elbow and shoulder problems, and hes never prior to handled a qualifying variety of innings in a season. That said, heaven Jays, as laudably active as theyve been this offseason, do require rotation depth, and Matz addresses that require.
Right-handed pitching possibility Josh Winckowski is amongst the players going back to the Mets in the deal. Winckowski, 22, is a previous 15th-rounder who has a 3.35 ERA and 2.76 K/BB ratio in 4 minors seasons. Of his 54 video games pitched in the minors, 50 have actually been starts. Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley (age 25, 4.40 ERA and 1.58 K/BB ratio in 13 MLB starts and eight relief appearances) and right-hander Yennsy Diaz (age 24, No. 26 on MLB.coms list of the Jays top prospects) are also headed to the Mets in the trade. As noted above, the Mets may be clearing the decks for a possible Bauer signing. The 30-year-old Bauer is far and away the most coveted arm on the 2020-21 totally free agent market, and his addition to the rotation behind ace Jacob deGrom would be a huge benefit to the Mets hopes in 2021 and beyond..
Speaking of which, SNYs Andy Martino reports that the Mets offer to Bauer is for four years or less and not at levels that would set the record for highest annual salary (currently Gerrit Coles $36 million). Nevertheless, according to Martino the deal does consist of a minimum of one opt-out, which would play into Bauers possible desire to sign short-term offers. Given the buzz, the Mets willingness to invest in the roster under brand-new owner Steve Cohen, and now the Matz swap, they have actually to be thought about the frontrunners for Bauers services..
Matz, 29, is coming off an abbreviated 2020 season in which he struggled to the tune of a 9.68 ERA in 30 2/3 innings. Matz has a long history of elbow and shoulder problems, and hes never ever prior to handled a certifying number of innings in a season. That said, the Blue Jays, as laudably active as theyve been this offseason, do require rotation depth, and Matz addresses that require.