Mets Trade Gabriel Ynoa to Orioles

The trade frees up  a 40-man roster spot for recently re-signed Fernando Salas

The Mets have officially cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for Fernando Salas by trading Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash.

That followed Thursday’s move in which the Mets designated Ty Kelly for assignment to clear space for Jerry Blevins.

Ynoa, 23 made his Major League debut with the Mets in 2016 and appeared in 10 games (three starts). He logged 18.1 innings and surrendered 13 earned runs. Ynoa was signed as an international free agent by the team back in 2009 and was the 18th-ranked prospect last season.

The deepest part of this team is their starting rotation. Not only are there bright young arms who have already established themselves, but there are pitchers the Mets have drafted recently who have long-term potential.

Ynoa never racked up a ton of strikeouts at any stop in the minors (515 total in 813.2 career innings), but he was an effective pitcher who demonstrated great control.

It’s the second trade the Mets have made with the Orioles during the offseason. In late-November, the Mets shipped Logan Verrett to Baltimore in a similar move. That transaction came after it was officially announced that Yoenis Cespedes re-signed.

Ynoa moves to a park that’s more conducive to the long ball. Oriole Park at Camden Yards has seen 200-plus homers in five of the last six seasons. The park led all of baseball in home runs seen two season ago with 222.

The good thing for the O’s (albeit in a small sample size) is that Ynoa showed to be a ground ball pitcher. His ground ball percentage was 49.0. If carried through the season, he would have ranked in the top 20 in the league in that category.

With the emergence of Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, it made the path a lot tougher for Ynoa to get back and stay with the big league club.

Now, Ynoa moves to a team that was 19th in the Majors in ERA last season. Ynoa finishes the Mets portion of his career with a 60-30 record and a 3.43 ERA across all levels.

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