While the team is busy on the field with the final game of their series against the Minnesota Twins, the front office was busy off the field as well. Five days after designating right-hander Wilmer Font for assignment, the New York Mets have traded away the 29-year-old pitcher to the Toronto Blue Jays. In exchange, the club has received cash considerations.
The Mets completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on May 6 that netted Font in exchange for 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Neraldo Catalina. Catalina was an international free agent whom the Mets signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2018. While it’s unknown what kind of player Catalina will become, trading any sort of prospect for a mostly ineffective reliever and turning around to deal that reliever for cash is a strange move, to say the very least.
In 15 appearances for the Mets, Font finished with a 4.94 ERA and a 6.47 FIP in 31.0 innings. During his time with the team, Font made three starts in place of an injured Jason Vargas. Once the left-hander returned from the injured list, Font joined the bullpen. During his tenure, he averaged 7.0 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, and 2.3 HR/9.