The Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Mets are reportedly edging closer to a trade deal involving acquiring outfielder Mark Canha, Mets will receive minor-league pitcher Justin Jarvis.
The Milwaukee Brewers are acquiring Mark Canha from the New York Mets, a source confirms to ESPN. The Brewers are sending right-hander Justin Jarvis, who's at Double-A, back to the Mets.
New York isn't done. There will be more deals. @WillSammon was on this one.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2023
At the age of 34, Canha has displayed solid performance at the plate, boasting a batting line of .245/.343/.381 (102 OPS+), with six home runs and 16 additional extra-base hits in the first 89 games of this season. Baseball Reference’s calculations estimate that he has accumulated around 1.5 Wins Above Replacement. While Canha’s current contract is set to expire soon, it includes a club option for the next season worth $11.5 million.
It is worth noting that Canha has maintained above-average contact and on-base skills, but his power numbers have seen a decline since he joined the Mets before the last offseason. Consequently, he is on track to post the two lowest ISO figures of his career in consecutive seasons, which may raise some concerns, considering he primarily plays in the corner outfield position. However, the trade to the Brewers could present a fresh opportunity for him to revitalize his performance.
The Mets have been actively involved in selling off players ahead of the deadline, and Canha seems to be the latest addition to their outgoing list. Once in Milwaukee, Canha is expected to play a significant role in the Brewers’ outfield, especially given the team’s struggles with injuries throughout the season.
Canha’s versatility will undoubtedly be an asset to the Brewers, as he can potentially serve as a platoon partner with Rowdy Tellez once Tellez returns to full fitness. Additionally, he can provide valuable relief to Sal Frelick or Christian Yelich, especially when they face tough left-handed starting pitchers. During the current season, Canha has mostly been stationed in left field, but he has also shown his adaptability by starting double-digit games at designated hitter, first base, and right field.
While Canha’s numbers have been relatively decent for his age-34 season, his production has experienced a slight dip since his move to the Mets. Nevertheless, he remains an above-average hitter and a valuable asset in the outfield. His addition to the Brewers’ roster signifies a positive move for the team, as it enhances their depth and adds offensive firepower.
Canha’s arrival in Milwaukee promises to augment the team’s outfield options, providing them with a reliable bat and defensive versatility. This trade is set to reshape the dynamics of both teams and could significantly impact their performances in the upcoming seasons.
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