While the New York Yankees stood pat, the New York Mets waited until the eleventh hour but acquired three players at the MLB trade deadline.
In a press conference following the Mets' loss to Miami, GM Brodie Van Wagenen confirmed that the team has acquired catcher Robinson Chirinos, infielder Todd Frazier, and cash from the Texas Rangers in exchange for two players to be named later, and the team also acquired reliever Miguel Castro from the Orioles for LHP Kevin Smith and a player to be named later.
Frazier, who played for the Mets in 2018-19 after spending the end of 2017 with the Yankees, hit .241 with two home runs in 31 games for Texas this season. He has played mostly first base after being a third baseman his whole career, and while that seems to be a pair of positions the Mets seem to have covered in spades, J.D. Davis did leave Sunday’s doubleheader with the Yankees with an undisclosed issue and did not play in Monday’s loss to the Marlins, with manager Luis Rojas saying "we stayed away from him, but he's not a long-term thing."
Chirinos has not been a strong offensive player this season, hitting .119 in 14 games for the Rangers, but he hit .238 with 17 home runs with the Astros last year and set career highs with 18 homers and 65 RBI with Texas in 2018. For his nine-year career, Chirinos is a .231 hitter with the Rays, Rangers, and Astros. The Mets have been in the market for catching help, as Rene Rivera is likely out for the season and top prospect Tomas Nido was added to the 10-day injured list last week.
Both players could be Mets in 2021 as well, as Chirinos has a $6.5 million team option with a $1 million buyout, while Frazier has a $5.75 million team option with a $1.5 million buyout.
Castro, 25, has a 4.02 ERA in 15 2/3 innings for Baltimore this year, but does have 24 strikeouts against just five walks in those frames. He also fills a suddenly-huge need for the Mets, who have moved Seth Lugo (and Robert Gsellman, for now) to the rotation and lost ex-starter Steven Matz, Dellin Betances, and Corey Oswalt to the injured list last week. He is a potential long-term addition, as well, as he will be arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, and is under team control for both 2021 and 2022.
Smith, 23, was the Mets' seventh-round pick in 2018, and was the team's No. 12 prospect according to MLB.com. He was 4-1 with a 0.76 ERA in 23 2/3 innings in Brooklyn as a rookie, and he split last year between High-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, going 8-7 with a 3/15 ERA in 27 starts.
The three players to be named later will likely be someone not in the Mets' 60-man player pool, as those players are ineligible to be traded until the season ends.