Nightengale: Mets' Deal For Stroman "Stroke Of Genius"

Trading for Marcus Stroman was a good move, Bob Nightengale says, and more Mets deals are coming

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
July 30, 2019 - 9:04 am
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The New York Mets traded pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to Toronto for Marcus Stroman on Sunday. While many analysts criticized the move, USA Today MLB insider Bob Nightengale thought it was a stroke of genius.

“I thought they got him for a cheap price,” Nightengale said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was only their fourth- and sixth-best prospects. I was surprised they got him so cheaply.”

Stroman, an All-Star, was 6-11 in 21 starts for the Blue Jays despite a 2.96 ERA – which was fifth-best in the AL.

“This guy’s been pitching lights out in the AL East, so he’ll be even better in the National League with no DH,” Nightengale said. “And (the Mets) kind of cornered the market. They cornered the market, and they can trade Syndergaard if they want and still have a good pitching staff.”

Nightengale believes Noah Syndergaard will, in fact, be moved. He is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA this season.

“They’re going to listen to (offers for) Syndergard and also Edwin Diaz,” Nightengale said. “Syndergaard, they don’t have to trade him now. I think they will at some point. I think they could wait until this winter if they don’t get the price they want, or even next July, depending on where they are at the trade deadline, if they’re a contender.”

Diaz, meanwhile, is 1-6 with 23 saves and a 4.95 ERA.

“Edwin Diaz has not turned out the way they thought,” Nightengale said. “Everybody is desperate for a closer now. The Red Sox would love to have him. The Dodgers would love to have him. Same thing. They don’t have to trade him by any means. They’re just kind of sitting back to see what’s offered.”

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