The Mets have announced that they’ve acquired right-hander Adonis Medina from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A. To make room on the 40-man roster, fellow right-hander Yennsy Diaz was designated for assignment.
Medina was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent back in 2014 and caught the eye of some prospect evaluators, being labeled the 84th best prospect in the game by Baseball America in 2018. However, he struggled against the competition in the upper minors and was designated for assignment on December 1st, when the Phils signed Johan Camargo. The lockout followed shortly after that, meaning Medina floated in DFA limbo for over three months.
After the lockout was done, he was claimed by Pittsburgh but only lasted a few weeks as a Pirate. Earlier today, the Bucs signed Jake Marisnick and sent Medina back out onto DFA limbo. Now a Met, Medina will head to Triple-A to serve as rotation depth for a club that already has concerns in that department. Jacob deGrom went on the IL today and isn’t expected back for over a month. Max Scherzer has a tight hamstring that prevented him from taking the ball on Opening Day, though it seems like he will avoid the injured list for now. Last year, Medina mostly pitched in Triple-A, making 17 starts for 67 2/3 innings of 5.05 ERA ball. His ground ball rate was good at 45.7%, but the 18.5% strikeout rate was lacking.
As for Diaz, he came to the Mets just over a year ago as part of the Steven Matz deal. He split his time almost evenly between Triple-A and the majors, not showing anything especially impressive in either setting. His 5.40 ERA in the big leagues was over a full run better than his 6.75 Triple-A mark. His walk rate was around 11% at each level. He did put up a 24.7% strikeout rate in Triple-A, but just 18.8% in the bigs. However, he could still garner interest from clubs, given that he’s just 25 years old and has an option year remaining, meaning he can be stashed in the minors as depth.