The Mets have traded Miguel Castro to the Yankees for Joely Rodriguez, for each Joel Sherman of the New York Publish. As pointed out by MLBTR’s Steve Adams, Rodriguez was signed as a totally free agent this offseason and therefore ineligible to be traded prior to June 15th without his consent. He and his agent gave that consent in exchange for a $500K assignment reward, which will be compensated by the Mets as component of this offer. (Twitter one-way links) Rodriguez is represented by Daniel Szew of LA Sports activities Management.
For the Mets, they have experienced an really chaotic offseason, upgrading their lineup with the likes of Starling Marte, Mark Canha and Eduardo Escobar. They also included Max Scherzer and Chris Bassitt to their rotation and Adam Ottavino to their bullpen. Nonetheless, the a single space of the roster they hadn’t actually resolved was still left-handed aid. With Aaron Loup signing up for the Angels, the only southpaws on the roster had been candidates for the commencing rotation. The club gave insignificant league specials to veterans like Chasen Shreve and Alex Claudio, but they obviously perspective Rodriguez as a significant up grade, dependent on the reality that they were being ready to give up Castro to get him.
Right after a pair of seasons with the Phillies in 2016 and 2017, Rodriguez headed overseas for a stint with the Chunichi Dragons of Nippon Skilled Baseball. Right after two sound seasons in Japan, Rodriguez was ready to arrive back to North American through a two-yr offer from the Rangers. In the shortened 2020 period, he set up an Period of 2.13 more than 12 2/3 innings. Matters seemed to be heading in the mistaken way past 12 months, as his Era shot up to 5.93 in July. On the other hand, the Yankees appeared to consider that was a smaller sample blip, as they acquired him as portion of the Joey Gallo trade. He fared a great deal far better just after the swap, with a 2.84 Period in 19 innings in pinstripes. At the conclude of the period, the club declined their $3MM choice in favor of a $500K buyout, but then rapidly re-signed him to a $2MM income, preserving themselves $500K. With this trade and the assignment reward, Rodriguez has manufactured back again that variance.
The Yanks evidently felt they experienced sufficient lefties to aspect with Rodriguez, supplied the presence Wandy Peralta and Lucas Luetge, together with closer Aroldis Chapman. For their component, they are obtaining Miguel Castro, a proper-handed reliever. Even with staying just 27 yrs previous, he has appeared in portion of 7 MLB seasons consequently considerably in his occupation, expending time with the Blue Jays, Rockies, Orioles and Mets. Those people initially few of seasons have been a bit shaky, which is not stunning offered that Castro was just 20 and 21 years aged all through that time. Even so, in excess of the past 5 seasons, he’s set up himself as a high quality major league reliever. Because the begin of the 2017 period, he’s thrown 321 innings with an Period of 3.93. His strikeout rate was just 14.6% in excess of 2017-2018, but has jumped up to 25.2% over the past 3 strategies. Walks have been a concern, with his once-a-year rate coming in between 10 and 15% in each and every of the past five seasons. He and the Mets agreed to a $2.62MM income for this period, his closing arbitration year in advance of hitting absolutely free agency at the conclude of this 12 months. He will slot into a bullpen that will be headlined by Chapman, Jonathan Loaisiga, Chad Environmentally friendly and Clay Holmes.