Jeff Passan of ESPN is reporting that the Blue Jays are in the final stages of acquiring Steven Matz. Passan notes that the deal will be for three prospects.
Jon Heyman has revealed that the first prospect is right handed pitcher Josh Winchowski. In 263 career innings in the minors, Winchowski owns a 3.35 ERA and has struck out 237 batters.
Winchowski is a tall righty with a heavy sinker that sits at about 93 MPH, his secondary pitch is his slider and is often used as his out pitch. MLB.com has an upside of being a back-end starter or a long-man used out of the bullpen. At only 22 years old, the righty was ranked 27th on the Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects List.
The Mets will also be acquiring Sean Reid-Foley and Yennsy Diaz from the Jays.
Yennsy Diaz is ranked 26th on the Blue Jays Top 30 Prospects List. At 24 years old righty, Diaz possesses a fastball that sits in the mid-90’s that he pairs with an above average breaking ball. Scouts believe that he’s a bullpen piece.
The Blue Jays will eat all of Matz’ $5.2, so the Mets will not be on the hook for anything. It’s also being speculated that this could be a move to free up payroll to sign Trevor Bauer.
Credit to Mike Mayer for breaking this story.
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