As the July 31 trade deadline draws closer, there’s a report this morning from Andy Martino of SNY.tv that the Mets are in on Robbie Ray of the Diamondbacks. Martino added that the Mets sent Ruben Amaro Jr. to scout Ray. Arizona has been rumored to be selling despite the fact that they have a winning record and a shot at a Wild Card spot.
The left-handed 27-year-old Ray started his career in the Nationals organization before making his major league debut with the Tigers in 2014. Traded to the Diamondbacks in the three-team trade that netted the Yankees Didi Gregorius following the 2014 season, Ray has been with Arizona at the major league level since 2015.
In total, he has a 4.03 ERA and 3.94 FIP with 10.97 strikeouts and 4.02 walks per nine innings. Arizona’s ballpark is a good environment for hitters, and it’s worth noting that Ray has a 94 ERA- and 94 FIP- for his career, both of which cast him in a better light that plain ERA and FIP. And this year, Ray has a 3.95 ERA, 4.27 FIP, 89 ERA-, and 97 FIP-. He is under team control through the 2020 season, his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.
Following Ken Rosenthal’s report yesterday that the Mets were considering trading Noah Sydnergaard to the Padres and flipping part of that return for Marcus Stroman, Jeff Passan added that the Mets were also looking at Ray and Mike Minor if they traded Syndergaard.