HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Astros have traded outfielder Jake Marisnick to the New York Mets in exchange for two prospects, it was announced Thursday.
“Houston! For 6 years you showed me love and support through the good times and the bad,” wrote Marisnick on Twitter. “We have been though so much together and I am forever grateful for the fans, my coaches, teammates and the entire Astros organization. From the bottom of my heart thank you.”
Marisnick, 28, a smooth-fielding center fielder, wasn’t an everyday player for the Astros because of his inconsistency at the plate. He batted .233 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs for the Astros last season in 73 starts.
“Jake is an elite defender who is an incredibly smart base runner,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “Among our offseason plans was to improve defensively and he is one of the best in the game.”
Marisnick, who has one year left on a contract that will pay him $3 million in 2020, is a career .227 batter, with 54 home runs and 178 RBIs in seven seasons with the Marlins and Astros.
He was suspended for two games last season after his violent home plate collision with Los Angeles Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who suffered a concussion and a broken nose. Marisnick apologized after the incident.
In return, the Astros get lefty relief pitcher Blake Taylor and outfielder Kenedy Corona from the Mets.
Taylor, 24, was 2-3 with 10 saves, a 2.16 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 40 appearances as he rose through the Mets’ system at Class-A Port St. Lucie, Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Syracuse.
The 19-year-old Corona hit .301 with 23 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in his first professional season.