The Mets have aquired pitcher Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays, as confirmed by SNY's Andy Martino. The Mets are sending pitchers Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson to Toronto in return.
"Marcus is a dynamic talent who will bring tremendous passion to our team and energy our fans will truly appreciate," Executive Vice-President and General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "As a Long Island native, we believe that Marcus will thrive playing in New York."
Stroman, 28, has pitched much better than his 6-11 record would indicate, with a 2.96 ERA and 1.22 WHIP in 21 starts this season.
Kay and Woods Richardson are the Mets' No. 4 and No. 6 prospects, respectively, according to MLB Pipeline.
Kay, 24, was orginially selected in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB Draft and again in the first round in 2016 following three seasons at the University of Connecticut. He made 12 starts at Double-A Binghamton in 2019 and was stellar, pitching to a 7-3 record with a 1.49 ERA. Since his promotion to Triple-A Syracuse, the left-hander has gone 1-3 with a 6.61 ERA in seven starts.
Woods Richardson, 18, was the Mets' second-round pick in 2018. The right-hander made 20 starts with Single-A Columbia in 2019, pitching to a 3-8 record with a 4.25 ERA.
Though the Mets have been exploring deals for Noah Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, the first deal they've made ahead of Wednesday's 4 p.m. trade deadline is to add an arm to the starting rotation. Stroman had been linked to multiple teams in recent days, including the Yankees, but it appears that the right-hander's next start will come as a member of the Mets.