Farewell Steven

And then there were 2.

The Mets traded their longest tenured player Wednesday night, Steven Matz. He was dealt to Toronto for three prospects.

Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winckowski will be coming to Queens. All three of these young pitchers are tall and right-handed. Yup, Sandy is still in charge.

Reid-Foley and Diaz have limited major league experience. The hope is that they can provide some upper level pitching depth for the Mets. As we know, that’s an area that has been sorely lacking for the team.

Both of these pitchers sit in the mid 90s with their fastball and have struggled with control. Both have also touched 97 MPH with their fastballs. Reid-Foley was a second round pick in 2014. Per MLB Pipeline, Diaz would be the 30th ranked Mets’ prospect.

Diaz missed all of 2020 with a lat injury. Here is some recent footage of him throwing.

Winckowski has never pitched above Single-A. He most likely would have been in Double-A last year if not for the pandemic. According to MLB Pipeline, he is now the Mets’ 26th ranked prospect.

Here’s Winckowski painting the corner in 2019.

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Farewell Steven.

I know he didn’t do himself any favors in 2020. We got the Blue Jays to take on all of his salary, so that should help going forward.

He devoted a ton of his time and energy towards local charities. He helped us capture the pennant in 2015. If not for a brutal error, he may have had a World Series game victory under his belt.

Take it easy on him Met fans.

Best of luck in Toronto.

 

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