Last night during the Mets and Phillies matchup, the Mets announced that they have traded 3B Eduardo Escobar and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Angels. In return, the Angels are sending a pair of pitching prospects, Landon Marceaux and Coleman Crow.
Escobar signed a two-year $20MM deal with the Mets back in 2021 and has slashed .240/.295/.430 over that span. With top prospect Brett Bady primarily taking over 3B, Escobar found himself on the bench.
In steps the Angels. The Angels found themselves with a huge hole over at the hot corner with both their third baseman down with injuries. Gio Urshela and Anthony Rendon both have hit the IL, leaving that hole wide open.
Trading for Escobar, who is on an expiring contract, fills that hole for the rest of 2023. The Angels have found themselves in a good position to compete for a spot in October this season, and seemingly needed to make this move.
From the Mets side of things, they got themselves some high upside with the two pitchers they received. However, that came at a price. In order to receive the prospects they wanted, they agreed to pay the remainder of Escobar's two-year deal.
When the dust settled and the trade was finalized, it's a deal that works out well for both parties involved. With the 2023 deadline looming, this is the first of many trades that will go down during the 2023 season.