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Mets Traded Mark Canha To Brewers For Justin Jarvis

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Mets Traded Mark Canha To Brewers For Justin Jarvis

OF Mark Canha is acquired by Milwaukee Brewers from the New York Mets.

The New York Mets announced on Monday that they had dealt outfielder Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Jarvis from their dismal 2023 squad.

The 34-year-old Canha played a key role in the Mets’ 101-win season in 2022 and finished this season with the third-highest on-base percentage among regulars in New York.

Canha is a player that the Brewers are delighted to have, according to Matt Arnold, president of baseball operations. He has been an effective big league player for a considerable amount of time. He still possesses versatility. We believe he can assist us down the stretch because of what he has accomplished offensively during his career and because of his versatility at several positions, including first base, the outfield, and designated hitter.

The Mets will cover Canha’s remaining salary for this year above the league minimum, but Milwaukee will be responsible for the buyout of a 2024 option, sources told ESPN. With Canha’s two-year, $26.5 million contract potentially expiring at the end of the season, the Brewers pursued him in an effort to strengthen an offence that has been a weakness all season.

Canha adds on-base talent to a squad that desperately needs it, whereas the Brewers elevated top prospect Sal Frelick to strengthen their order. Despite having one of the strongest pitching staffs in baseball, the Brewers’.312 OBP ranks 25th in MLB this season, and despite being 1 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the National League Central, they now hold an NL wild-card spot.

After the Brewers’ 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Monday night, manager Craig Counsell stated, “He’s probably going to play a lot of right field.” Sal will have to play some centre field as a result, so we’ll have to mix and match the outfielders. Naturally, the DH position will also be up for grabs. It also opens it up, whether it’s Christian [Yelich] or Mark with some DH at bats.

The 23-year-old Jarvis had a successful season at Double-A, but after being promoted to Triple-A, he has struggled, posting a 4.33 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 38 walks in 87.1 innings across both levels in three starts.

The Brewers have now completed their second move of the deadline week after acquiring Carlos Santana from Pittsburgh last week. And it’s the latest move by the Mets, who also sent closer David Robertson to Miami and right-hander Max Scherzer to Texas.

Right-hander Justin Verlander, outfielder Tommy Pham, left-hander Jose Quintana, and relievers Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley are some of the players New York might still trade before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline.

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