The Toronto Blue Jays were the buzz of the day today in baseball. Late in the day on Sunday, they dealt Marcus Stroman to the New York Mets for two pitching prospects.
Stroman posted a heartfelt message on twitter, and reportedly was not happy about heading to Flushing/Queens rather than the Bronx.
Toronto, I love you…forever! 🇨🇦
— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 28, 2019
More less, the return for the Blue Jays was the number four and number six prospects in the Mets’ system, Anthony Kay (who was in the Futures Game and struck out Luis Robert) and Simeon Woods Richardson.
Here are some tweets on the trade:
#BlueJays getting Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods Richardson for Stroman, sources tell The Athletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 28, 2019
Neither SWR or Kay are in my top 150. SWR was only one under consideration.
— Chris Blessing (@C_Blessing) July 28, 2019
Its starting to feel like GM’s around baseball know they can push Atkins and Shapiro around. Got nothing for JD, aimed high for Stro, were told to fuck off, made up a fake extension rumor, nobody believed it, then settled for two avg prospects in the worst farm system in baseball
— StonecoldBDT (@Toadman999) July 28, 2019
The tenth-best homer rate among qualified starters in the juiced ball era for an A-ball guy and a guy struggling with homers in Triple-A, seems worth it for the Mets. Weird return for the Jays.
— Eno Sarris (@enosarris) July 28, 2019
Anthony Kay had opened eyes this season advancing to Triple-A. He was the Mets' top-ranked pitching prospect.
Simeon Woods-Richardson had as much helium as anyone in the system — team evaluators gushed about his fastball.
They ranked fourth and sixth in the Mets' farm system.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 28, 2019
In a secondary – and lesser move – Toronto also traded Eric Sogard right before game time today against the Tampa Rays. The odd part of this is in the middle part of the game, Sogard was in uniform with his Blue Jays teammates rather than just walking across the way to his new team.
Eric Sogard savouring his last moments with his 👓 buddy. pic.twitter.com/bxi7bvXMmE
— Nick Ashbourne (@NickAshbourne) July 28, 2019
Finally, with Sogard being dealt; the Jays can use a guy like Bo Bichette. Indeed, Bichette will receive the call-up from AAA Buffalo. The return is a Player to be Named.
This gives Toronto three second-generation players in their lineup now between Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Cavan Biggio, and Bichette.
Toronto is an interesting team right now in terms of the trades they are making and the young nucleus they’re acquiring around Guerrero Jr.