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Phil Maton acquired by Mets in trade with Rays


Phil Maton acquired by Mets in trade with Rays

NEW YORK — A Mets team in clear need of bullpen help struck a deal to add a reliever well in advance of the Trade Deadline, acquiring Phil Maton from the Rays on Tuesday for a player to be named or cash.

Maton, 31, is in the midst of a middling season, producing a 4.58 ERA over 40 appearances for the Rays. But he has been sharper of late, with a 0.75 ERA over his last 11 appearances. The Mets expect him to join their bullpen either on Wednesday or Thursday.

When he does, he will help solidify a group that recently lost Brooks Raley and Drew Smith to season-ending injuries. The Mets entered Tuesday’s play ranked 16th in the Majors with a 4.13 bullpen ERA, but they were dead last in the Majors with a 9.41 mark since the start of July.

“It’s a piece that we think today helps our bullpen and helps our team,” president of baseball operations David Stearns said. “We’re going to continue to see what is out there and moves that may make sense for us, and also continue to learn about our team in the coming weeks.”

The Mets are picking up the remainder of Maton’s $6.25 million salary, according to Stearns. That deal includes a $7.75 million team option for 2025 with a $250,000 buyout.

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