Pirates Trade Daniel Zamora to New York Mets for LHP Josh Smoker

Daniel Zamora has been traded to the New York Mets. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Pirates Trade Daniel Zamora to New York Mets for LHP Josh Smoker
John Dreker

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday afternoon that they have traded minor league pitcher Daniel Zamora and cash considerations to the New York Mets in exchange for lefty reliever Josh Smoker. The Mets designated Smoker for assignment on Friday.

The 29-year-old Smoker has pitched two seasons in the majors for the Mets, posting a 5.02 ERA, a 4.77 FIP and a 1.62 WHIP in 74 appearances. Over 71.2 innings, he has a a 93:36 SO/BB ratio and he's surrendered 14 home runs. He has just over one year of service time in the majors. He has two options remaining.

Zamora was a 40th round draft pick in 2015, who has already made it to Altoona. He is also a lefty reliever, who features a fastball that sits around 90 MPH and a wipeout slider that is extremely effective on left-handed batters...

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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