The Mets have swapped southpaws with the Pirates, sending reliever Josh Smoker to Pittsburgh in exchange for minor leaguer Daniel Zamora, the team announced Wednesday.
Smoker, 29, was designated for assignment by the Mets to make room for the recently signed Jose Reyes on the roster. The left-hander pitched to a 5.11 ERA over 56.1 innings, striking out 68 batters against 32 walks.
When he received the news that he was DFA’d on Monday, Smoker took to Twitter to thank the Mets organization in fans in the event that he didn’t remain in New York.
“The Mets family is truly a class act and I am greatful [sic] for that,” he tweeted. “Even though the results weren’t always the best, I gave everything I had every time I stepped on the field and will continue to do so wherever I wind up... I am proud to say that I am a member of the Mets family and had the opportunity to meet so many great people. Thank you!”
Zamora, a 24-year-old who was drafted by the Pirates in 2015 out of Stony Brook University, has found some early success in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
In 2017, Zamora posted a 1.86 ERA across 53.1 innings at Single-A, while also tossing three scoreless innings at Double-A. At mid-season, he was named to the Florida State League All-State team.