On the eve of the September call-up period in Major League Baseball, the New York Mets dealt minor league pitcher Erik Manoah to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for veteran reliever Fernando Salas.
Manoah, 20, was a 13th round draft pick of the Mets in 2014 and spent three seasons in the organization, going 9-10 with a 5.84 ERA in 35 appearances across two levels. Most recently, Manoah started 12 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones, pitching 62 innings with a 5-5 record and a 5.81 ERA. Manoah’s final outing with the Cyclones came on Tuesday against the Auburn Doubledays, where he allowed seven hits and three runs in relief of 2016 first round pick Justin Dunn. Manoah was initially slated to start the Cyclones’ home finale next Sunday against the Staten Island Yankees.
“I heard through the grapevine before our game tonight that our big league team (the Mets) were looking for another pitcher down the stretch to get into the playoffs,” Cyclones manager Tom Gamboa said. “Erik Manoah was the player traded to the Angels. He is in shock right now. There are two ways for a player to react to this. A player can take it as though the Mets are giving up on you or as I told Erik, I want to make sure he takes it from the sense that he was traded for a big league player and now a team can make him a big league prospect.”
Salas, 31, is a veteran of seven major league seasons and was a member of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Salas spent the past three seasons with the Angels pitching in middle relief and appeared in 58 games this season for the club with 45 strikeouts in 56.1 innings and a 4.47 ERA. The acquisition of Salas enables the Mets to bolster their bullpen and have a viable bridge to late inning flame-throwers Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia. The Mets currently sit 1.5 games behind the Cardinals for second wild card spot in the National League.
To make room for Salas on the active roster, the Mets transferred outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the 60-day DL. Manoah is the first Cyclones player traded to the Angels since pitcher Gaither Bumgarner on July 2, 2015. The last player dealt from Brooklyn prior to Wednesday was former 3rd round pick Casey Meisner to the Oakland A’s for Tyler Clippard.