NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It appears that the Mets, who are five games below .500, but currently playing some of their best baseball of the season, are going for it.
According to multiple reports, the Mets have reached an agreement on trade with the Toronto Blue Jays that would send right-hander Marcus Stroman to Queens, pending an exchange of medical information.
It was not immediately clear what New York gave up in the deal, though Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported Toronto would be receiving pitching prospects. Reports indicated Noah Syndergaard, who has been rumored to be on the trading block, is not part of the deal.
A native of Medford on Long Island, Stroman is pitching much better than his record suggests this season. The 5-foot-7, 180-pounder is just 6-11 in 21 starts, but his 2.96 ERA ranks fifth in the AL. He had been mentioned numerous times this summer as a possible trade target for the first-place Yankees, so him being moved to the Mets comes as a surprise.
The Mets are just 50-55, but they have won four straight and 10 of 15 since the All-Star break to move within six games of the second wild card in the NL.
Stroman, 28, is 47-45 with a 3.76 ERA in 135 career appearances, including 129 starts, all with Toronto. He is making $7.4 million this season and is under team control for the 2020 season.