Mets To Acquire Gary Matthews Jr.

The Mets will acquire Gary Matthews Jr. and cash from the Angels for Brian Stokes. Matthews, who receives $500K for being traded, is set to make $11MM in 2010 and $12MM in 2011. The Angels will pick up all but $2MM of the $23.5MM remaining on the deal.

Matthews joined the Angels before the 2007 season, signing a $50MM deal. He leaves without much fanfare, as he's coming off a season in which he combined poor defense with a .250/.336/.361 line. That's far from the .866 OPS he posted in his 2006 walk year.

The 30-year-old Stokes allowed 72 hits and 38 walks in 70.1 innings last year, striking out 45 for a 3.97 ERA.

Jon Heyman of SI.com first reported the deal. Heyman, Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports and ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick followed up with details, all via Twitter.


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221 Comments on "Mets To Acquire Gary Matthews Jr."


5 years 6 months ago

bye bye Louie wish you well i for one never disliked Luis Castillo . But for the best for him to move on is best for all.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Too bad he’s not going anywhere, though.

$1529282
5 years 6 months ago

I was thinking Oliver Perez, personally. But if they’re picking up significant salary, maybe not…

5 years 6 months ago

i hope its for Louie so they can go out and finally sign Hudson.

cmat91
5 years 6 months ago

dont they have aybar and izturis and kendrick for up the middle options?

onevisionaire
5 years 6 months ago

yes. they don’t need castillo. we’re still stuck with him and a middling 4th outfielder. makes no sense to me. we have pagan, unless he’s being traded. why use any dollars on anything besides pitching right now?

JB3
5 years 6 months ago

It doesn’t seem like it’s significant dollars (with the Angels picking up the vast majority of the contract)

rhino14
5 years 6 months ago

With The Angels Paying the Mets $2 million dollars of a remaining $23 million contract how does that become the Vast Majority?

kurisui
5 years 6 months ago

It says “all but” $2 Million.

JB3
5 years 6 months ago

Exactly, thank you

cmat91
5 years 6 months ago

wow. wonder who the trade is for and how much the angels pick up

bravesman218
5 years 6 months ago

It’s for some relief pitcher, Stokes. The Mets get Matthews AND $21.5 million to cover all but 2 million left on his contract. I think this is a great deal, even though I am a huge Braves fan

Ethanator99
5 years 6 months ago

HAHAHAHA

JaySchu
5 years 6 months ago

FIRE MINAYA!

phoenix88
5 years 6 months ago

Gary Matthews JR. aint bad, but the mets need pitching help more than anythig. granted i suppose they do have insurance now considering whats going on with Beltran

JaySchu
5 years 6 months ago

No, he’s awful. He’s been a -1.1 WAR over the past three seasons, a -1.6 over the past two. He is below replacement level. He’s terrible terrible terrible.

5 years 6 months ago

lol, sabr

captkeith17
5 years 6 months ago

Wait, I’m confused. Is he a starter or a reliever?

JaySchu
5 years 6 months ago

Outfielder

captkeith17
5 years 6 months ago

Yes, I am well aware of that. My point was that this is not the type of deal we need to be focusing on right now. I guess we will now trade Maine for Hart and have even less pitching and a crowded outfield.

I know Citi’s OF is huge, but you cant put 6 guys out there at once!

1TheBear1
5 years 6 months ago

As a Braves fan I am delighted.

maristmetsfan
5 years 6 months ago

calm down. you have no idea how much money the mets are getting and who they gave up to get him. If its castillo or perez then it could be a good deal.

JaySchu
5 years 6 months ago

It doesn’t matter. GMJ can not hit OR field. He’s a useless player. Castillo is an above average player no matter how much grief the Post gives him.

penpaper
5 years 6 months ago

I can vouch and say that GMJ isn’t very good. However, for 2 million or less, he’s not THAT bad. Its the fact that he can’t do anything good or great. Everything he does is average to below average.

Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

This is good for the Mets. Speed with their outfield with Beltran out.

S_B_G
5 years 6 months ago

As a Twins fan, all I have to say is we’ve won a division title and forced a 163rd game in the two seasons since you forced your way out of here, Johan.

bbxxj
5 years 6 months ago

Yeah, all Santana got was a heap of cash, a ton of pressure and a gigantic mess of a franchise to try and keep afloat.

If he stayed with the Twins he would have won more but made less.

5 years 6 months ago

We Braves fans have been pooling our money to bribe the Mets ownership to keep Minaya employed.

Sampsonite168
5 years 6 months ago

Like I said in the post about the rumor, I was fully expecting to be underwhelmed. And the Mets did not disappoint in underwhelming me.

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

Well, that’s something at least. You gotta maintain your standards…
:-/

penpaper
5 years 6 months ago

Wow this is the happiest day in my Angels fan life. REJOICE!

OCSportsGeek
5 years 6 months ago

Agreed! Hallelujah. I heard we’re getting tickets to an off-off-off broadway show and some used Game balls from the subway series last year in return.

I say – – GOOD JOB Reagins!

napes
5 years 6 months ago

Ugh, leave it to Manaya to help other teams erase their terrible signings…

nycstateofmind
5 years 6 months ago

we will be paying 2 mill for 2 years thats twice as long as Alex Cora for the same money

Demon777
5 years 6 months ago

He has power.. Last year in Seattle (might have been two years ago) hit 4 HR’s at the game i was at. Deepest part of Safeco field to. His defense is decent he knows what he’s doing and has decent speed. I don’t know where you get his defense and hitting are bad.

chickendinner11
5 years 6 months ago

never hit 4 jacks in a game for the halo’s. it must have been 4 years ago when you was roiding up.

stang66dad
5 years 6 months ago

stokes..

JaySchu
5 years 6 months ago

If true I’m officially turning in my Mets fandom until Minaya is fired. I am now a free agent.

adamellingson
5 years 6 months ago

Hey bro, I know it’s only a “rental” for fandom, but you can join the Brewer’s band wagon if you’d like…. WE DRINK BEER AND HIT THE BALL REALLY FAR!!!

stang66dad
5 years 6 months ago

told ya.. guess your gonna hit the FA market? lol

Russell210
5 years 6 months ago

You have been picked up by the Yankees for 30 million per year.

kurisui
5 years 6 months ago

Cursed Yankees. They always get everything

Infield Fly
5 years 6 months ago

You still got other problems after Omar. They’re called “Fred” & “Jeff.”

brerrryt366
5 years 6 months ago

Heyman just came on WFAN and said Castillo is not involved in the Matthews deal.

Jay
5 years 6 months ago

Of course not! That would be too good to be true. This is going to end up being another Mets like deal. The one to make fans believe that Minaya is doing something.
Angels get: Brian Stokes
Reds get: Angel Pagan
Mets get: Gary Matthews, Jr., Bronson Arroyo & Ramon Hernandez

chickendinner11
5 years 6 months ago

finally got rid of him. no way angels pay and get back perez or castillo. prob going to be mid to low level prospects

Tom R
5 years 6 months ago

Great day to be an Angels fan! The only downside now is that they will probably re-sign Scoiscia’s man-crush Robb Quinlan.

John Gyna
5 years 6 months ago

I hope he’s juicing again.