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.
Toronto, I love you...forever! 🇨🇦— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 28, 2019
CANADA. TORONTO. Words can’t really explain the extent of my appreciation and love. Beyond thankful and blessed to have played for this unbelievable nation. Thank you for your constant support, love, and loyalty. I’ll be back plenty in the future! 🇨🇦— Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 29, 2019
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.
Told trading Syndergaard will be #Mets next move, not Wheeler. Makes sense.— Bob Klapisch (@BobKlap) July 28, 2019
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.