According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who is currently at the Rogers Centre covering the final game of the series against the Blue Jays, Marcus Stroman has been traded to the New York Mets.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) July 28, 2019
Stroman, 28, was linked to the Mets when Ken Rosenthal put out a weird tweet and scenario that would see other starter trade chip Noah Syndergaard going to the San Diego Padres. Then would see the Mets using some of those assets acquired from the Padres for Stroman from Toronto.
Topkin got the first hit, but later Jon Morosi and Jeff Passan has confirmed the trade. Marcus Stroman is officially part of the New York Mets.
What was reported as just a few pitching prospect before, has been finalized.
#BlueJays getting Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson for Stroman, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2019
Kay, 24, and Woods-Richardson, 18, are probably two of the best pitching prospects in the Mets system, but that’s still a fairly poor system.
Kay is currently in Triple-A and through 31 and 1/3 innings has a 6.61 ERA and is strking-out batters at a 7.41 K/9 rate — not the best, but he was ranked as the Mets’ ninth-best prospect according to Fangraphs.
With more potential, Woods-Richardson has the youth to hope for what’s to come in this righty starter. He has a dominant 2.55 FIP and 11.14 K/9 in 78 and 1/3 innings at Single-A — fantastic stats to look at.
This return overall isn’t terrible, but considering what type of prospects the Jays were asking for — Clint Frazier or Deivi Garcia from the Yankees — this is slightly underwhelming.