Mets acquire left-handed reliever Brooks Raley in trade with Rays

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The Mets added a left-handed reliever on Wednesday afternoon, acquiring Brooks Raley from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange, the Mets sent left-handed pitching prospect Keyshawn Askew to Tampa in exchange for the 34-year-old.

Originally a sixth-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2009, Raley has pitched five major league seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, and Tampa Bay Rays, and also spent five seasons pitching in Korea with the Lotte Giants.

In his five big league years, Raley has pitched to a 4.64 ERA and a 1.199 WHIP, holding opposing lefties to a .171 batting average.

Raley's 2022 campaign was the best of his major league career, as he pitched to a 2.68 ERA with a 2.74 FIP and a 0.969 WHIP. Lefties hit just .155 against him last season.

Raley looks to fill the void left by Joely Rodriguez, who signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier this offseason.

Askew, 22, was the Mets' 10th round pick in the 2021 draft out of Clemson. He split his 2022 season between St. Lucie and Brooklyn, posting a 2.44 ERA over 66.1 innings of work. SNY contributor Joe DeMayo ranked Askew as the No. 20 prospect in the Mets farm system.