Mets Acquire Phil Maton From Rays; Joey Lucchesi DFA’d

Mets Acquire Phil Maton From Rays; Joey Lucchesi DFA’d

With 21 days left until the MLB trade deadline, David Stearns and the New York Mets front office made their first move of the trade season. The team announced that they have traded for right-handed pitcher Phil Maton from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room for Maton, Joey Lucchesi has been designated for allocation.

“This is someone we’ve been targeting and talking to in the offseason,” Stearns said. “He’s a very consistent reliever who’s pitched in high-leverage environments in Houston. He started off a little rougher this year, and we think some of the adjustments he’s made in the last month or so — throwing a few more strikes, making some usage adjustments — have led to better results and we’re excited to have him in our pen.”

The Mets took all the money left on Maton’s contract. He has a 2025 option for $7.75 million (and a $250,000 buyout).

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The former World Series Champion will join the New York Mets bullpen at a time when he is needed most. During Edwin Diaz‘s 10-game suspension, three different pitchers have been placed on the injured list, with two of the three seasons (Brooks Raley And Drew Smith) for the year. The eight-year veteran throws a variety of pitches at opponents, primarily a mix between his cutter and curveball, but will also feature a slider and sinker.

Maton had a dominant May, posting a 0.79 ERA and striking out 10 batters in 11.1 innings. He’s also allowed just one run since June 12. He’s been inconsistent at times this year, but he’s posted a respectable 4.58 ERA over 35.1 innings with 30 strikeouts. He’ll look to continue his recent run and help out the Mets’ tired bullpen.