Mets trade to LHP Smoker to Pittsburgh for SBU product

Mets trade to LHP Smoker to Pittsburgh for SBU product”

Josh Smoker of the New York Mets pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on Thursday, Sep.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired southpaw Josh Smoker from the Mets in exchange for left-hander Daniel Zamora and cash, the two teams announced. He struck out 68 over 56 1/3 innings, but walked 32. In 71 2/3 innings, the 29-year-old pitched to a 5.02 ERA with 93 strikeouts.

Smoker was wildly inconsistent in the Nationals' system, and after failing to make a major league appearance by 2013, Washington allowed him to walk via free agency. He has just over one year of service time in the majors. The hard-throwing Smoker has a 5.02 ERA, 11.7 K/9, and 2.58 K/BB rate over 71 2/3 relief innings in the big leagues, all with NY in 2016-17.

The 24-year-old, who played his college baseball at Stony Brook University, was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft.

In 2017, Zamora posted a 1.86 ERA across 53.1 innings at Single-A, while also tossing three scoreless innings at Double-A.

In 56 1/3 innings for in NY last season, Smoker generated a 5.11 earned run average, 64 hits allowed, 32 walks and 68 strikeouts.

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