NEW YORK (AP) — The Recent York Mets received flashy shortstop Javier Báez and pitcher Trevor Williams from the Chicago Cubs on Friday for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.
Báez, a two-time All-Neatly-known particular person and 2020 Gold Glove winner, affords the NL East leaders an immediate bear-in for injured buddy Francisco Lindor at shortstop. Lindor is sidelined with a strained oblique and isn’t anticipated support until at least mid-to-gradual August.
Báez, who can change into a free agent after the season, is batting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs. He has a .775 OPS and 13 stolen bases in 16 tries, but additionally leads the Nationwide League with 131 strikeouts. He has made 18 errors in 88 games.
When Lindor returns, Báez could per chance switch to 2nd unpleasant or third.
Williams additionally is a vital fragment of the deal for the Mets, who had been alive to to reinforce a thin initiating rotation depleted by injuries. The true-hander is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 games (12 begins) this season, his first with the Cubs after spending his first 5 years in Pittsburgh.
The 29-12 months-aged Williams is eligible for arbitration after this season and could per chance change into a free agent following the 2022 season.
The Mets additionally received cash as fragment of the deal.
Recent York began the day with a 3 1/2-sport lead within the NL East over Philadelphia, and third-effect Atlanta changed into four support. Both these teams additionally made moves before Friday’s commerce decrease-off date in an effort to enhance and hotfoot down the Mets.
The 19-12 months-aged Armstrong, a first-spherical draft opt out of high faculty closing 12 months, is sidelined with a shoulder hurt. He’s notion of as an elite defender in center field.
The switch changed into one in every of several by the Cubs within the times main up to the decrease-off date. Chicago additionally traded first baseman Anthony Rizzo and nearer Craig Kimbrel.
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