Angels Trade Disgruntled Gary Matthews Jr. To Mets





The Deal
Gary Matthews Jr. requested a trade from the Angels this offseason, a proposition the club was only too happy to carry out. They shipped the disgruntled outfielder (along with $21.5 million) to the Mets for righthanded reliever Brian Stokes. New York will pay roughly $2 million for Matthews' services in 2010-11.

The Matthews-Angels union has been a mismatch almost from the second he signed his five-year, $50 million pact following his aberrational 2006 season. Los Angeles forfeited its first-round pick in '07 to sign Matthews, a Type A free agent, and then received substandard production for three years (.248/.325/.383 over 1,416 plate appearances), by the end of which Matthews had been relegated to a reserve role.

Stokes throws very hard, averaging roughly 95 mph on his fastball, but too often throws wide of the strike zone. He ran up nearly five walks per nine innings last year, while sporting a meager 45-to-38 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 70 innings. But the Mets' acquisition of Matthews was motivated less by a desire to rid themselves of the arbitration-eligible Stokes as it was to acquire a potential center field fill-in. With Carlos Beltran slated to miss at least April after having knee surgery, the Mets' backup corps included only Angel Pagan, who despite his breakout '09 is not an especially strong candidate for a repeat performance.
 
Angels Acquire
Brian Stokes, rhp
Age: 30. Remaining Commitment: 3 arbitration years prior to free agency ($409,500 in '09).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Tampa Bay (AL) 2007 2 7 7.07 59 0 0 62 90 49 49 11 25 35 1.85
New York (NL) 2008 1 0 3.51 24 1 1 33 35 13 13 5 3 26 1.29
New York (NL) 2009 2 4 3.97 69 0 0 70 72 33 31 6 38 45 1.56
3-Year Totals 5 11 5.04 152 1 1 166 197 95 93 22 71 106 1.61
 
Mets Acquire
Gary Matthews Jr., cf
Age: 35. Bats: B. Remaining Commitment: 2 years, $23.5 million (Angels send $21.5 million).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Los Angeles (AL) 2007 .252 140 516 79 130 26 3 18 72 55 102 18 .323 .419
Los Angeles (AL) 2008 .242 127 426 53 103 19 3 8 46 45 95 8 .319 .357
Los Angeles (AL) 2009 .250 103 316 44 79 19 2 4 50 40 74 4 .336 .361
3-Year Totals .248 370 1258 176 312 64 8 30 168 140 271 30 .325 .383

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