This trade makes an already tight market for starting pitching ridiculously thin since the Mets weren’t one of the clubs thought to be looking to upgrade their rotation.
Will the Yankees, Twins and Brewers be forced to focus on bullpen arms instead of starters? Does this move lead to a spurt of other deals before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline?
Until the Mets acquired Stroman, teams had worked mostly around the edges, making small tweaks to rosters. Things stalled because 16 teams are within 3 1/2 games of a postseason berth, and a few others -- D-backs, Tigers and Angels -- are assessing their options.
Here are the seven most likely to be traded:
Potential landing spots: Yankees, Brewers, Twins
2. Ken Giles, Blue Jays RHP (reliever)
His fastball touches 100 mph, and he’s averaging almost 15 strikeouts per nine innings while allowing just over one baserunner per inning. He’s also under control next season.
Potential landing spots: Dodgers, Braves, Nationals
3. Felipe Vázquez, Pirates LHP (reliever)
This is a supply-and-demand issue. The Pirates are going to want multiple prospects for an elite reliever potentially signed through 2023. At the moment, it’s a seller’s market.
Potential landing spots: Dodgers, Braves
4. Yasiel Puig, Reds OF
His OPS is over 1.032 since June 11. He also has 11 homers and 10 doubles in his last 39 games, and with offensive production in demand, the Reds will have options even with Puig entering free agency after the season.
Potential landing spots: Indians, Phillies, Rays
Potential landing spots: Astros, Rays, Nationals
6. Robbie Ray, D-backs LHP (starter)
Arizona is listening on several players, but Ray appears to be so sought-after that the D-backs will receive an offer they can’t turn down. Having an extra year of control increases his value.
Potential landing spots: Yankees, Twins, Brewers
7. Scott Oberg, Rockies RHP (reliever)
The Rockies are listening to offers for almost everyone, but this 29-year-old right-hander under control for two more years could bring a top prospect.
Potential landing spots: Astros, Nationals, Braves