The New York Mets have acquired LHP Joey Lucchesi from the Padres as part of a multi-player, three-team deal that is headlined by RHP Joe Musgrove heading from Pittsburgh to San Diego.
In the deal, the Mets will send 20-year-old utility man Endy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh, while San Diego will send a package of prospects to the Pirates for Musgrove.
Lucchesi, 27, spent most of 2020 at the Padres’ alternate site – he appeared in just three games and allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings – but was 10-10 with a 4.18 ERA in 30 starts in 2019.
The Mets will reportedly keep Lucchesi stretched out as a starter to compete for a spot in the back end of their rotation, and the lefty does have minor-league options remaining. He is also still pre-arbitration eligible at just over two years of service time, so he is a cost-effective and flexible option.
Rodriguez, who was the Mets’ No. 14 prospect according to MLB.com, was an international signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2018. He did not play in 2020 but spent his first two seasons in Rookie ball, hitting .268 over 44 games in the Dominican Summer League and .293 in 22 games for the GCL Mets.
The 20-year-old has mostly been a catcher (33 appearances in 66 games), but also played first base, both corner outfield spots, and one game in center field.
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