Mets Acquire Righthander Justin Jarvis From Brewers In Deal For Mark Canha


Image credit: Mark Canha (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The Brewers and Mets completed a trade that lengthens Milwaukee’s lineup and adds minor league pitching depth to New York.

Veteran outfielder Mark Canha heads to the Brewers, while 23-year-old Triple-A righthander Justin Jarvis joins the Mets organization.


Justin Jarvis, RHP

Drafted in the fifth round out of high school in 2018, Jarvis was in the midst of a minor breakout season as a 23-year-old with the Brewers. He pitched effectively in his first extended run at Double-A, recording a 3.33 ERA in 14 starts for Biloxi with 91 strikeouts and 26 walks in 75.2 innings. The caveat to Jarvis’ Double-A performance is the pre-tacked baseball the Southern League experimented with in the first half. The ball enabled pitchers to generate more spin and enhanced command. Jarvis was hit hard in two of his first three starts for Triple-A Nashville and carried a bloated 10.80 ERA through 11.2 innings prior to the trade. Jarvis pitches at 95 mph and tops out at 97, throws four pitches and paces himself well. His slider is his go-to secondary pitch, but all his pitches have defined shape. Jarvis is more control over command but has a chance to pitch at the back of a big league rotation.

Brewers Receive

Mark Canha, OF/1B

Canha’s chief attribute is on-base ability, which should improve the efficiency of the Brewers’ offense. The 34-year-old righthanded hitter has a .343 on-base percentage this season and a career .348 mark. He has been more productive against same-side pitchers for his career but has relatively even platoon splits. Milwaukee currently ranks 25th in both OBP and runs scored per game. Canha steps in as a primary DH but is also a quality defender on both outfield corners and has started 11 games at first base this season. He is owed nearly $4 million in salary for the rest of 2023, of which the Mets are paying down to the MLB minimum. The Brewers now hold an $11.5 million option for 2024 or $2 million buyout.

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