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The New York Mets have traded Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays for a trio of pitching prospects. Could that pave the way for another big move?

The New York Mets announced late Wednesday night that they have traded starting pitcher Steven Matz to the Toronto Blue Jays for three right-handed pitchers.

None of the three pitchers the Mets got for Matz are major names, but all of them carry some sort of value.

Sean Reid-Foley

It wasn’t that long ago that Sean Reid-Foley was considered one of the top 100 prospects in MLB. He’s struggled as a starter in the majors, but he seems to be finding himself as a reliever.

Over 2019 and 2020 Reid-Foley has made 8 relief appearances. Over 7 of those appearances he’s allowed just one earned run. His only poor appearances came against the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019, just a few days after making a start. The Dodgers roughed him up for five runs in 1.2 innings.

Reid-Foley is likely never going to live up to the expectations he had as a prospect. Still, don’t put it past him to become a strong multi-inning reliever.

Yennsy Díaz

The Mets also acquired Yennsy Díaz in the deal. Díaz is another major league ready reliever. He made his debut in 2019, though he didn’t pitch in the majors in 2020.

Díaz has a plus fastball and curveball, though his control has been an issue. The hope is that if a team can get him to throw strikes he could be a useful middle reliever.

Díaz almost certainly won’t make the Mets roster out of camp. That said, he’s decent depth for the bullpen, which the Mets have severely lacked in recent years.

Josh Winckowski

The last piece of the trade is Josh Winckowski. A starter so far in his career, Winckowski’s raw stuff leaves a lot to be desired.

His fastball sits 93, but it lacks life. His slider is his best pitch, but it’s just above-average. His best tool may be his control and his pitchability.

The best-case scenario is that a team refines his stuff, gets his changeup up to average and that helps turn him into a back end starter. If that doesn’t happen it’s hard to see Winckowski even making the majors. His stuff alone isn’t really good enough for the bullpen.

Bigger implications on the New York Mets

The real crux of this trade is what it means for future moves. Andy Martino of SNY has long reported that a trade of Steven Matz had been lined up if the Mets needed to shed salary to make a bigger move.

Couple that with the reports that the Mets are the favorite for Trevor Bauer and the report that the Angles are out on Bauer, and things become a little clearer.

That doesn’t mean Bauer to the Mets is a guarantee. Jon Heyman of MLB Network actually reported the Mets attentions are elsewhere right now.

Still, it’s hard to see why else the Mets would trade Matz. If nothing else he would have been decent starting pitching depth even if he lost his spot. So, it’s hard to see how this doesn’t indicate a large move is on the way.

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