According to a report from Anthony DiComo, the Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed pitcher, Wilmer Font to the New York Mets for cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Source: The Mets have acquired right-handed Rays reliever Wilmer Font for cash or a player to be named.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) May 6, 2019
Font throws in the mid-90s with two distinct braking pitches. He had a 5.79 ERA with the Rays and offers the Mets another bullpen option.
The Rays acquired Font from the Oakland Athletics last May and Font was excellent for Tampa Bay before going down with what ultimately turned out to be a season ending injury. Font had pitched in nine game (five starts) for Tampa Bay in 2018 and allowed five runs over 27 innings pitched, holding opposing hitters to a .158 batting average against him.
Font made his return in 2019, just making the cut for the Rays Opening Day roster. Kevin Cash used Wilmer Font sparingly thus far, with Font having only made 10 appearances this season, in which time he compiled a 5.79 ERA and 3.50 FIP over 14 innings pitched.
Casey Sadler will be recalled to replace Font on the #Rays 25-man roster as @TBTimes_Rays first reported. Sadler or any player optioned can be recalled during a 10-day period if it's for injury or a trade.— Neil Solondz (@neilsolondz) May 6, 2019
In a small flurry of roster moves, the Rays have also optioned left-handed pitcher Ryan Yarbrough to Triple-A Durham per the Rays official team website’s transaction page and recalled infielder Andrew Velazquez as well as right-handed pitcher Casey Sadler.
Over the weekend, Andrew Moore, whom the Rays had designated for assignment, was claimed by the San Francisco Giants.
With Wilmer Font being traded, the Rays will now have an open spot on their 40-man roster.