Making Sense of Mets Trade of Eduardo Escobar to Angels
The New York Mets made a huge move for their future when they sent veteran infielder Eduardo Escobar to the LA Angels for a pair of top-20 prospects in the Angels farm system.
Coming to New York will be two pitchers, both right hander’s in Coleman Crow (ranked 19th in the Angels system) and Landon Marceux (ranked 20th in the Angels farm system).
Crow, a 22-year old has been on the IL, but was pitching very well for the Angels Double-A squad in Rocket City. He was 2-0 with 1.88 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 24 innings.
Newly acquired @Mets Prospect Coleman Crow - out with an injury since April looked good in his last outing with a K of the last batter he faced - 2023 stats - 2-0 1.88 ERA, 4 games, 24 innings, 31 Ks, 9 hits, 5 Runs, 5 ER, 6 walks, 3 HRs, 0.625 WHIP #Mets #LGM #MetsTwitter… pic.twitter.com/DMCH6Zp7o8— Mets News and Links (@JohnFromAlbany) June 24, 2023
Marceux has been in Double-A the past two seasons for the Angels, and is pitching to a 4.88 ERA this season in 59 innings of work.
The move happened in game as the Mets were trailing the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1 in the third inning, leading to this very awkward exchange between Francisco Lindor and the Apple TV+ crew.
The #Mets have traded Eduardo Escobar to the #Angels in the middle of the game for minor league RHPs Coleman Crow and Landon Marceaux. Francisco Lindor shared his thoughts while being mic’d up. #LGM pic.twitter.com/DFqHbvSn1g— ESNY (@EliteSportsNY) June 24, 2023
The question is what does this trade mean for the Mets?
Are they sellers?
The Mets lost to Philly 4-2, and sit at 34-41 on the year. They haven’t won a series since the end of May. They are 14.5 games out of first place.
Escobar lost the third base job to Brett Baty, and there was really no spot for him on the roster. The Mets had to move him somewhere.
Stockpiling on prospects, especially pitching prospects is the prudent thing to do right now, and Mets GM Billy Eppler is familiar with the two pitchers he acquired since he helped recruit them to the Angels when he was over there as general manager.
It will be fascinating to watch in the coming weeks what other moves the Mets are going to make, and what direction they plan to go in.