Mets acquire Joey Lucchesi in three-team trade

In the same trade that’s sending Joe Musgrove to the Padres, the Padres will be sending left hander Joey Lucchesi to the Mets.

The Mets will send prospect Endy Rodriguez to the Pirates. Rodriguez was ranked the Mets 14th top prospect and spent time between catcher and the outfield.

Lucchesi is 18-20 and owns a 4.21 ERA in 299.1 career innings pitched. He’s struck out 308 batters giving him a 9.3 K/9 rate with a 1.28 WHIP.

The left hander will give the Mets some competition in the back-end of the rotation with Peterson and Matz.

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A Mets dream killed: Yu Darvish

Corné Hogeveen wrote a pretty damn good article in how the Mets should target the Cubs ace Yu Darvish and he had me sold. Unfortunately, the Padres are continuing their crazy off-season after trading for Snell and now Darvish. Not to mention San Diego also signing KBO star shortstop Ha-seong Kim to a multi-year deal.

Back to Yu, the right-hander will join a Padres team that is clearly pushing to win right now. Darvish would’ve filled in great as the Mets second starter behind ace Jacob deGrom.

The Cubs will receive Zach Davies, Reginald Preciado, Owen Caissie, Ismael Mena, and Yeison Santana.

Photo from Bleacher Nation

A Mets dream killed: Blake Snell

A dream has been killed on December 27th as the Tampa Bay Rays have traded off their ace lefty to the San Diego Padres for a handful of players. The dream of many Mets fans, including Del Alba of Mets Junkies.

Snell had a great tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays however his last start with the team will be forever viewed infamously as he was removed after just 73 pitches and 5.1 innings pitches. This was of course in game six of the World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Rays will receive Luis Patino, Francisco Mejia, Blake Hunt, and Cole Wilcox.

The deal is still pending due to medical reviews of all players involved, but this kills any hope of Snell joining the new Orange & Blue.

Considering the players involved in this trade, I imagine the Mets were at some point involved in discussions with the Rays over Snell. While no details have emerged on this, it’ll be curious to see who the Rays would’ve wanted in return.

Being that I’m a huge fan of Sandy Alderson, I believe that the asking cost was too much for the Mets to pursue the transaction.

Photo: Seth Fleischauer unwittingly became the face of sad Mets fans everywhere on Sept. 30, 2007, when he was photographed at Shea Stadium after the team lost on the final day of the regular season. – PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Juan Lagares signs with Padres

Now before we get to the handful of people that’ll respond with the typical “So what?” or “who cares?”, let’s take the time to appreciate what Juan Lagares has done with the Mets. Regardless of how you feel his tenure with the Mets has been, he still spent parts of seven seasons in Orange & Blue.

Lagares, a 2014 Gold Glove winner had a .254/.297/.361/.659 split in that seven year stretch while providing nothing short of elite defense in center field.

The deal is a Minor League pact that’s worth $1.4M if Lagares makes the team and also has an extra $1.1M worth of incentives included.

With the Padres recently trading Manuel Margot, Juan Lagares has a decent chance to break the season with the Major League club. He also may potentially be a trade candidate at the deadline if the Padres aren’t poised to make the playoffs.

Reliever Drew Pomeranz is off the board

Free Agent Reliever Drew Pomeranz has come to an agreement with the San Diego Padres, physical pending.

Left hander Drew Pomeranz is a decent example of a failed starting pitcher that retransformed himself into what looks like a solid reliever out of the bullpen. The Tennessee native has appeared in 242 games throughout his career, however 140 of which were starts.

Pomeranz signed a one-year deal with the San Francisco Giants heading into the 2019 season however also began to garner a decent amount of interest during the trading deadline in July. He would eventually be traded to the Milwaukee Brewers with Ray Black for Mauricio Dubon on the 31st of July.

While pitching with the Brewers, Pomeranz appeared in 25 games as he tossed 26.1 innings with a 2.39 ERA while also striking out an impressive 45 batters. A big difference from his time with the Giants as he owned 5.68 ERA in 77.2 pitched, however 17 of his 21 games pitched in came as starts. Overall out of the bullpen, Pomeranz pitched to a 1.88 ERA while with both the Giants and Brewers during the 2019 season.

At the age of 26 in 2015 with the Oakland Athletics, Pomeranz pitched in 53 games and only made 9 starts during that campaign. He would pitch to a 3.66 ERA while striking out 82 batters in 86.0 innings pitched.

Also read: Free Agent Reliever options: Jeremy Jeffress

Mets Rumors: Zack Wheeler

Right handed pitcher Zack Wheeler is expected to decline the QO from the New York Mets and explore potential offers from teams like the San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, and Los Angeles Angels. Teams like the Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Rays, and the Oakland Athletics were said to be interested in Wheeler during the 2019 trade deadline.

There is another team said to be in the mix and that’s the New York Mets and earlier on during the 2019 season, Wheeler made it clear that he has no intentions on giving the Mets a “hometown discount”.

After putting up a season in which he was 11-8 with a 3.96 ERA while striking out 195 batters in 195.1 innings pitched over the span of 31 starts, he’s likely to decline the offer in order to test the market and get the best deal possible.

Tuesday Night Pitching Matchup: Padres vs Mets

After a day off to travel back to the East Coast and New York City, the New York Mets and San Diego Padres will conclude an interesting season series in which began with a mini-war of words between tonight’s starter Chris Paddock and Mets rookie sensation Pete Alonso.

After Pete Alonso initially won the Rookie of the Month Award in April, Paddock had some words for the media in which made it sound like that he felt that he deserved the award. To put it short, he sounded jealous.

Now to be honest, I actually like Chris Paddock and his psychopath attitude, I mean, he reminds me of WWE’s The Undertaker mixed with Noah Syndergaard. While I’d obviously never root for him to win during a Mets series, he’s fun to watch and that adds excitement for the youth watching.

Paddock is 6-4 with an ERA of 2.70, a WHIP of 0.87, and has rung up 95 batters in an even 90 innings pitched. However, the 23-year old righty hasn’t been as effective in his last seven games as he owns a 3.72 ERA with 39 strikeouts over a 38.2 inning stretch.

The Mets will send their “Craftsman” lefty to the mound in Jason Vargas. This is going to be an interesting start for veteran because it very well may be his last in a New York Mets uniform. With the trade deadline quickly approaching, Vargas has emerged to be a candidate for trade and I’m quite positive Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding a few offers.

Vargas owns a 4-5 record with a 4.25 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, alongside 68 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched. Unfortunately, he has a 5.06 ERA in his last seven games and 37.1 innings pitched.

The Padres are after Syndergaard… again.

It’s no secret that the San Diego Padres love Noah Syndergaard and want him side by side with Chris Paddock for the next several years, the only problem is, Syndergaard is on the New York Mets and not the Padres.

So just as they did during the “Winter Meetings”, the Padres will go after the Texas born righty. However this time around, I could really see the Padres putting the full-court press on Brodie Van Wagenen and the Mets with a line of top notch prospects.

There are definitely other teams interested in Thor, as well. However, the Padres have been front runners since the idea was initially thrown out there, due to their plethora of talent in the Minor League levels.

In my opinion, Jeff Todd of MLBTradeRumors brings up a very good point, saying that it wouldn’t make sense for the Mets to sell on Thor now, especially if the trade is based on Noah’s 2019 results.

Mets fans must be prepared because the San Diego Padres definitely have the talent it would take to pull-off such a trade, and trust me when I say this, they will try.

Pete Alonso: “He could’ve been a little bit jealous”

Ok, now the heat is on. In a post game interview with Paddack, the right hander said he wouldn’t go into detail on why he was so amped to face Alonso however said that the Mets have a great team and that he’s a “Man on a mission”.

In a post game interview, Alonso said “If he was upset about it (Rookie of the Month award), he could’ve been a little jealous. He had a hell of a first month, he had a what, a sub 2 ERA, that’s a great month… I’m happy to win it, if he was mad about that, there’s 5 other months”.

Takeaways from Monday’s gave vs Padres

Jacob deGrom looked great on the mound for the most part, the 2018 National League Cy Young award winner went 7 innings, giving 2 runs on just 4 hits while striking out 7. He’s lowered his ERA as it’s now 3.60 after Monday’s contest.

Jeff McNeil picked up 2 hits off of Paddack, that seems like a ridiculous feat in itself but the super utility man is now hitting .352 after going 2-4.

The Mets have Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 5.02 ERA) on the mound against another one of the Padres rookie pitchers. Paul Quantrill (0-1, 3.18 ERA), son of former Major League pitcher Chad Quantrill, will make his second Major League start at 10:10 PM.