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Blue Jays trade Marcus Stroman to Mets for two pitching prospects


Blue Jays trade Marcus Stroman to Mets for two pitching prospects

The MLB trade market is starting to bussle, but the latest move has left all observers scratching their heads and the Giants in a different position.

The New York Mets announced Sunday that they have acquired All-Star starter Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays for two top pitching prospects.

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi first reported that the teams had reached an agreement on a trade.

Shortly after reports of the trade surfaced, Stroman tweeted a farewell message to Toronto.

The Mets, as of Sunday, are five games under .500 (50-55) and six games out of an NL wild-card spot. They aren't exactly contenders, but they just made a move as if they are fighting for a playoff spot.

Stroman had been linked to several contenders over the last few days, but the Mets swooped in and snagged him.

Stroman going to the Mets could be a good thing for the Giants if they decide to trade ace Madison Bumgarner between now and the MLB trade deadline Wednesday.

With Stroman off the board, teams such as the Yankees, Twins, Braves and Astros have one less option to go after, so they could turn their attention to Bumgarner. If those contenders get desperate enough, they might be forced to increase their offer to Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi.

As for what the Blue Jays got in return for Stroman, the Mets are sending pitching prospects Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson to Toronto. Those were the Mets' No. 4 and No. 6 prospects, respectively, according to MLB Pipeline.

That's likely the type of package Zaidi is hoping to get for Bumgarner, if not more. But Stroman is almost two years younger than Bumgarner and under team control for the 2020 season. Bumgarner is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season, lowering his value because he's seen as a "rental" player.

While the Stroman deal could be good for the Giants, the next move by the Mets could be bad news for San Francisco.

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The New York Times' Bob Klapish reported Sunday the Mets now will look to trade Noah Syndergaard, although the team that has been linked to "Thor" the most is the San Diego Padres.

Complicating matters is that the Giants won again Sunday, defeating the Padres 7-6 in San Diego. With the victory, the Giants now are 54-52 and 2 1/2 games out of a NL wild-card spot.

MLB rumors: Tampa Bay Rays reportedly acquire Eric Sogard from Blue Jays

MLB rumors: Tampa Bay Rays reportedly acquire Eric Sogard from Blue Jays

Another day, another trade in Major League Baseball as we count down the hours until the MLB trade deadline on July 31. The latest move came Sunday with the Toronto Blue Jays trading second basemen Eric Sogard to the Tampa Bay Rays, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported through league sources.

Sogard had been rumored to be a potential trade target for the San Francisco Giants, as the team has reportedly been looking to upgrade at several positions including second base after being thought of as sure-fire sellers when the July 31 deadline came up. 

Joe Panik has struggled as the team's primary starter at second, as he's hitting just .232 in 2019 and owns a -0.4 WAR.

Sogard has seen the ball well in his ninth major league season, hitting .300 in 287 at-bats with 10 home runs and 30 RBI. Toronto was reportedly in talks with multiple teams over the past week regarding Sogard, eventually deciding to pull the trigger Sunday morning on the deal with Tampa.

Brandon Lowe, who has been Tampa Bay's primary starter at second base this season, is currently on the 10-day injured list with a bone bruise in his right shin suffered in early July.

The Rays and Blue Jays are wrapping up a four-game series Sunday, so Sogard simply has to clean out his locker and walk across the stadium to the opposite dugout.

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Look for a lot more transactional activity across baseball over the next few days, as the trade deadline creeps closer.

MLB rumors: Giants have 'inquired' on Eric Sogard trade with Blue Jays


MLB rumors: Giants have 'inquired' on Eric Sogard trade with Blue Jays

The Giants haven't received a ton of production out of their second basemen this season, so they could be looking for a short-term solution as they make a push for an NL wild-card spot.

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi, citing a source, reported Friday that the Giants have "inquired" about Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Eric Sogard.

Sogard, 33, is having a career year for the Blue Jays, slashing .299/.363/.480 with 17 doubles, 10 homers and 30 RBI in 72 games.

Entering play Friday, Joe Panik, Donovan Solano, Austin Slater and Yangervis Solarte have combined to slash .246/.311/.331 with four homers and 40 RBI in 103 games for the Giants.

At the moment, Sogard would be an upgrade over Panik and Solano, who are splitting time at second base for San Francisco.

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But as Morosi notes, Sogard is a free agent after this season, so the Giants wouldn't be making a move for the future of the franchise.

Considering Sogard's age and contract status, it shouldn't take much for the Giants to get him. But the short-term gain probably isn't worth giving up a low-level prospect.