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Morning Mound Visit: Blue Jays trade for Steven Matz

Blue Jays and Mets keep doing things; Tommy La Stella gets three years; MLB’s invasive species

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Tom Dakers | Bluebird Banter: The Blue Jays acquired Steven Matz from the Mets in exchange for Sean Reid-Foley, Yennsy Diaz, and Josh Winckowski. Matz’s 2020 was fairly disastrous, so he’s the perfect fit for the Blue Jays’ rotation of talented, frustrating starters.

Brady Klopfer | McCovey Chronicles: The Giants have signed their first player to a deal of three years or longer, and the player receiving this honor is Tommy La Stella. The introduction of La Stella creates a bit of a roster crunch as the team is now chock-full of infielders.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Baseball has an invasive species. Short-form relievers have proliferated throughout the game leading to less thrilling games and diminished specialization for non-pitchers on the bench. If MLB wants to root out the problems of the single inning reliever, it will have to do more than the three-batter minimum.