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New York Mets trade another veteran as fire sale continues

The New York Mets have been in selling mode with the 2023 MLB trade deadline quickly approaching. That has already included trading away star pitchers Max Scherzer and David Robertson.

The disappointing team is not done with less than 24 hours to go before the deadline. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post, New York has sent veteran infielder/outfielder Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers. In exchange, the Mets receive minor league pitcher Justin Jarvis. MLB.com had him as the Brewers 30th-ranked prospect before Monday’s trade.

Canha, 34, signed a two-year, $26.5 million contract with the Mets ahead of the 2022 campaign. He hit .266 with 13 homers, 61 RBI and a .770 OPS in his first season with the Mets. Thus far in 2023, the veteran is enjoying a split of .245/.725 with six homers and 29 RBI.

For a Brewers team that entered this week’s action a half game out of first place in the National League Central, they will be relying on Canha as part of a platoon. He’s hitting .255 against right-handed pitching while boasting a .229 mark against lefties this season.

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New York Mets continue fire sale, add another prospect

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As noted above, Jarvis ranks among the Brewers’ top-30 prospects. The righty was a fifth-round pick of Milwaukee back in 2018. He’s pitched to a 6-6 record with a 4.33 ERA and 1.42 WHIP between Double-A and Triple-A this season. His fastball is said to be in the 95-mile-per-hour area. Jarvis is also said to have an above-average slider with a decent curve.

For New York, this is a continuation of the organization adding prospects over the past week as it continues what has been a miserable season. The Mets entered this week’s action at 50-55 and 18 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East.

The Mets acquired stud infield prospect Luisangel Acuña from the Texas Rangers in the aforementioned Scherzer trade over the weekend. He slides in as their No. 2 prospect behind Kevin Parada.

New York also acquired two prospects from Miami for David Robertson last week. Infielder Marco Vargas ranks as their seventh-best prospect while another player acquired in that trade, catcher Ronald Hernandez, is No. 18.

Even though the New York Mets are in the midst of a disastrous season, they have added assets that could help bring in big-name players via trades this coming winter. Given owner Steve Cohen’s free-spending ways, this was a necessity ahead of Tuesday’s MLB trade deadline.

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