Months after the New York Mets hauled in three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer on a blockbuster multiyear deal, the front office has now once again bolstered the starting rotation with a key move.
According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Mets have traded for Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt.
The New York Mets and Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a trade that would send right-handed starter Chris Bassitt to the Mets, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 12, 2022
Passan further adds that the Athletics will acquire prospect pitchers Adam Oller and J.T. Ginn in return. Oller spent the past season in the Mets’ minor league system, where he featured in Double-A and Triple-A ball. Ginn was a 2020 MLB Draft second-round selection by the Mets. He took part in Single-A and Double-A ball in his debut campaign in the minors last year; he posted a 3.03 ERA across 18 total starts. He ranked as the team’s sixth overall prospect according to MLB.com.
The Mets are acquiring an All-Star pitcher in Bassitt who logged career highs across the board this past season, including in innings pitched (157.1) and strikeouts (159). He finished 10th in the final voting for the 2021 Cy Young Award, which came a season following his 8th place standing for the honor.
Overall, the 33-year-old right-handed pitcher will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the upcoming season.
Bassitt is joining an already star-studded Mets starting rotation, which features Scherzer and Jacob deGrom. Taijuan Walker and Carlos Carrasco are slated to fill out the backend of the rotation for the upcoming 2022 season.