Mets add Anthony Banda to bolster depleted pitching depth

As their injury-plagued rotation depth continues to crumble, the Mets have turned outside the organization for help. 

The team announced on Friday that it has acquired left-handed pitcher Anthony Banda from San Francisco for Double-A infielder Will Toffey. 

July 7, 2020, St. Petersburg, Florida, USA: Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Anthony Banda pitches from the mound
Anthony Banda pitches at Rays camp.

Banda, 27, has pitched to a 6.86 ERA across 39.1 innings this season with Triple-A Sacramento. He has a career 5.96 ERA in 18 major league games across parts of four seasons with the Diamondbacks and Rays, last appearing in the majors with Tampa Bay during the 2020 season. 

Banda will report to Triple-A Syracuse, providing the Mets with sorely-needed pitching depth. Each of New York’s starting pitchers have battled injury at some point this season, with David Peterson becoming the most-recent casualty after leaving Wednesday’s start with right side tightness. Carlos Carrasco and Noah Syndergaard, whom the Mets anticipated having back by now, have not progressed in their rehabs as New York had hoped.

The Mets acquired Toffey, 26, in July of 2018 in a trade with the Athletics for Jeurys Familia. He was batting .178 across 34 games with Double-A Binghamton this season.

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