Milwaukee Brewers acquire OF Mark Canha from New York Mets

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The New York Mets continued to deal from their disappointing 2023 crew, buying and selling outfielder Mark Canha to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor league pitcher Justin Jarvis, the crew introduced Monday

The 34-year-old Canha was an important performer through the Mets’ 101-win marketing campaign in 2022 and nonetheless had the third-highest on-base share amongst New York’s regulars this 12 months.

“He is a man that we’re excited to have,” Brewers president of baseball operations Matt Arnold mentioned of Canha. “He is anyone that is been a productive massive league participant now for a very long time. He nonetheless is a flexible man as properly. Between what he is achieved over the course of his profession offensively and in addition with the flexibility to play the outfield, first base, DH, and so forth., he is anyone that we expect can assist us right here down the stretch.”

With Canha’s two-year, $26.5 million contract probably expiring on the finish of the season — the Mets will cowl his remaining wage for this 12 months above the league minimal, however Milwaukee will likely be on the hook for the buyout of a 2024 possibility, sources instructed ESPN — the Brewers pursued him in hopes of enhancing an offense that has been a weak point all season.

Whereas the Brewers promoted high prospect Sal Frelick to buttress their order, Canha brings on-base talent to a crew in sore want of it. The Brewers’ .312 OBP ranks twenty fifth in baseball this season, and regardless of among the finest pitching staffs in baseball, they’re 1 1/2 video games again of the Cincinnati Reds for first place within the Nationwide League Central and at the moment occupy an NL wild-card slot.

“He is in all probability going to play a number of proper area,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell mentioned after a 5-3 loss to the Nationals on Monday night time. “That is going to maneuver Sal to some middle area, so we’ll should sort of combine and match with the outfielders. Now we have the DH spot clearly that is going to be in play too. Whether or not it is Christian [Yelich] or Mark with some DH at bats, it opens that up, too.”

Jarvis, 23, was thriving at Double-A this season however struggled in three begins since a promotion to Triple-A, posting a 4.33 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 38 walks in 87.1 innings throughout each ranges.

It is the second deal of deadline season for the Brewers, who final week acquired first baseman Carlos Santana from Pittsburgh. And it is the newest for the Mets, who dealt right-hander Max Scherzer to Texas and nearer David Robertson to Miami.

Amongst those that New York may nonetheless transfer earlier than Tuesday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline: right-hander Justin Verlander, outfielder Tommy Pham, left-hander Jose Quintana, and relievers Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley.

The Related Press contributed to this story.

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