Mets Trade Steven Matz To Blue Jays For Three Prospects
On Wednesday night, the New York Mets traded pitcher Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for three pitching prospects. Those prospects are right-handers Sean-Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz and Josh Winckowski.
Matz, 29, agreed to a one-year, $5.2 million contract with the Mets in December. However, the trade came after his worst season to date in the major leagues. In the poorest of his six total seasons in MLB, Matz went 0-5 and posted a horrendous 9.68 ERA. Due to Matz’s poor performance, he was dropped from the rotation and relegated to the bullpen, where he made three relief appearances and a spot start.
In the 2020 abbreviated 60-game season, Matz earned $1,851,852 in prorated pay from a $5 million salary. Over the course of his career, Matz has gone 31-41 with a 4.35 ERA in a total of 107 career starts, and five relief appearances.
Reid-Foley, 25, was 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA in five relief outings across a total of 6 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays last season. A second-round pick in 2014, Reid-Foley is 5-8 with a 4.40 ERA over a total of 21 MLB games. This includes 13 starts over three seasons with the Blue Jays.
Winckowski, 22, had a combined 10-8 record and 2.69 ERA at Class A Dunedin and Class A Lansing in 2019. The young righty was a 15th round draft pick and was rated Toronto’s 27th best prospect in 2020. He went 18-17 and posted a 3.35 ERA in 54 games, 50 of which were starts, across a career consisting of four minor league seasons.
Diaz, 24, played one major league game for the Blue Jays in 2019. He was 11-9 with a 3.74 ERA in 26 games, 24 of which were starts for Double-A New Hampshire in 2019. Diaz is 34-26, posting a 3.84 ERA over five minor league seasons.