Reason Why Mets' Trade for Chris Paddack Fell Through Revealed
The New York Mets reportedly had a deal in place to trade for then-San Diego Padres starter Chris Paddack before it ultimately fell through just prior to Opening Day. The reason why has finally been revealed as doctors originally pointed out a red flag when it came to Paddack's medicals.
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The Mets were adamant that they did not want to trade for Paddack if there was any risk that he could see extended time off the field due to an injury. It turns out they were right to pass on the deal as the 26-year-old will now undergo Tommy John surgery for what will be the second time in his career.
The Padres ended up dealing Paddack to the Minnesota Twins along with Emilio Pagan in exchange for Taylor Rogers and Brent Rooker. It's a deal that has certainly worked out so far. Rogers leads the majors with 15 saves on the season and has posted a minuscule ERA of 0.52 across 17.1 innings.
Paddack pitched 22.1 innings across five starts for the Twins in 2022, posting a 4.03 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He also struck out 20 batters and walked only two before experiencing a lot of pain in his elbow. Paddack sought a second opinion before deciding to fix the issue entirely with surgery.
The Mets may have dodged a bullet on Paddack, but they still have a ton of injury woes to worry about. Three starters in the rotation are now out for an extended period of time as Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill are all dealing with serious injuries. Their depth will now be tested.
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