The NY Mets have finalized a trade to send Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays, for a package of three prospects. As a result of the move, the Mets are able to clear $5.2 million in salary. The move may possibly be a prelude to the Mets signing Trevor Bauer. The Mets have recently been re-linked to Bauer after the club lost out on George Springer to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Up next for the Mets could be a possible trade of Jeurys Familia, who has $11 million remaining for the 2021 season. A trade of him would certainly signal interest from the Mets’ perspective to signing Trevor Bauer, who remains a free agent. Other teams interested include the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, and possibly the Toronto Blue Jays.
Matz’s Tenure In NY Is Over
As for Steven Matz, his tenure as a NY Met is over. There were high hopes for Matz when he made his debut for the club in 2015. His debut had Mets fans excited as he pitched into the eighth inning and allowed just two runs. In addition to his great pitching, he went 3-3 with the bat and had 4 RBIs. Unfortunately for Matz, he would be get injured in just his second start and missed a significant amount of time. He finished the regular season with a 2.27 ERA in six games started.
Following his rookie season, he put up a 3.40 ERA in 2016, in 22 games started. That would be the last year he would put up an ERA below 3.5. In 2018, he had a 3.97 for the 77-85 Mets and in 2019, his ERA ticked up to 4.21. Matz would’ve provided the Mets quality depth for the 2021 club, however, he had been set to earn $5.2 million and the Mets may have their eyes set on someone else. Matz finished up his Mets career in 2020 with a 9.68 ERA in nine games and had a career-low ERA+ of 44.
Mets Get Return Package Of Three Players
Nonetheless, Matz will now head up north to Toronto and provide some depth as the Blue Jays look to build up their rotation from 2020. The Blue Jays sent the Mets a package of three players, including the Jays #26 and #27 prospects. Sean Reid-Foley, a former top prospect of the Jays is heading to the Mets. He had a 1.35 ERA in five MLB appearances this year and can provide depth for the Mets at the upper levels of the minor leagues and possibly the big leagues.
Yennsy Diaz, the Jays $26 prospect is a pitcher who profiles best as a reliever in the big leagues. He went 11-9 with a 3.74 ERA in Triple-A in 2019. Josh Winckowski is a former 15th round draft pick from 2016. He split 2019 between High-A and Low-A, where he posted a 2.69 ERA and had a 10-8 record. The trade of Matz follows the Mets signing of LHP Aaron Loup. As a result, the Mets 40-man roster will be full once they add Loup, Foley, and Diaz. Thus, for the Mets to acquire say, Trevor Bauer, they must clear another 40-man roster spot.