On Friday, the Mets designated Josh Smoker for assignment to make room for Jose Reyes on the 40 man roster. This left the Mets one week to either trade Smoker or risk losing him to a waiver claim. Given Smoker’s velocity, high strike out rate, and his being a left-handed pitcher, Smoker made for a likely waiver claim.
Over the past two years, Smoker has made 74 appearances for the Mets going 4-2 with a 5.02 ERA, 1.619 WHIP, and an 11.7 K/9.
There was some hope the 2018 season could be a breakout one for Smoker as he seemed to settle in with the Mets in the second half as he posted a 2.63 ERA.
In exchange for a possibly improved Smoker, the Mets did obtain Zamora.
The 24 year old left-handed pitcher was the Pirates 2015 40th round draft pick out of Stony Brook University.
Last year, Zamora made 39 appearances with 37 of them for the Bradenton Marauders of the Florida State League.
Overall, he was 2-4 with a 1.76 ERA, 1.225 WHIP, and a 10.1 K/9. Zamora would limit left-handed batters to a .232/.284/.261 batting line.